Sleep Apnea Specialist

Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Family and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Alexandria, IN & Noblesville, IN

Worldwide, more than 100 million people suffer from sleep apnea, a disruptive sleep disorder that affects your ability to get a good night’s rest. At Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Noblesville, Indiana, the team of skilled dentist treats this troublesome condition and helps restore your overall health. Marked by blocked airways, treatment involves using oral appliances to improve your breathing at night while you sleep. To seek treatment, call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that makes it nearly impossible to be productive and healthy. It occurs when your airway narrows or gets blocked off and on throughout the night. This leads to trouble breathing, loud snoring, and other disturbances that wake you up constantly.

Over time, sleep apnea can severely affect your overall health. If left untreated, it’s known to lead to weight gain, high blood pressure, and an increased risk of stroke. Sleep apnea sufferers also commonly experience recurring drowsiness that can affect safe driving.

What are the common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea?

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea to look out for are:

  • Coughing
  • Choking or gasping sounds
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Excessive loud snoring
  • Irritability
  • Dry mouth or throat
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia

Since many of these signs and symptoms occur at night while you’re sleeping, it helps to have your sleeping partner point them out to you.

What causes sleep apnea?

A variety of risk factors that can lead to the development of sleep apnea:

  • Obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • A history of stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Tobacco use

Genetic factors can also cause an unusually tight airway that contributes to the development of sleep apnea.

How is sleep apnea treated?

First, the team at Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry performs a comprehensive oral evaluation and talks with you about your sleep apnea symptoms. They recommend that you see a sleep specialist to ensure an accurate diagnosis.

In most cases, the team can successfully treat sleep apnea with custom dental appliances that keep your airway open. This oral appliance helps reposition your mouth, tongue, and throat during sleep, promoting easier passage of oxygen during the night. If your sleep apnea is particularly severe, corrective surgery might be necessary.

If sleep apnea is preventing you from getting the rest you need, call the office nearest you or use the online booking tool today to set up a consultation.