Sleep apnea is an area that we are becoming much more aware of than we once used to be. Only 20% of the people who have sleep apnea in this country have even been diagnosed, so there's a huge amount of people that have sleep apnea. We have a pulse oximeter in the office that I give out for free—I don't even charge—where we can monitor your sleep and see whether you should be evaluated by a physician for sleep apnea, just as a screening. But people who have sleep apnea who are not aware of it are much more likely to have high cholesterol issues, much more likely to have high blood pressure, much more likely to have strokes or heart attacks. Nobody wants those things. One of the other things you're much more likely to have is Alzheimer's, dementia. Nobody ever wants that. If you could improve your odds by diagnosing that you have sleep apnea, we should find out whether you have sleep apnea and screen you and find out.
If you do have sleep apnea, people think, “Oh, I don't want to know if I have sleep apnea because I don't want to wear that big ugly CPAP mask.” I understand that, but there are other ways to treat it. We have a dental appliance that works very well and treats people. I have a lot of patients that I have taken care of with the sleep apnea. We have special equipment in the office—technology—to help treat people with sleep apnea and make a dental sleep apnea appliance that they can wear and be comfortable.
I have a patient, one patient in particular I'm thinking of, who his wife came into the office and we gave them the equipment to screen for sleep apnea. It was obvious that he had a problem in our screening test. I referred him to a physician. He tells me I saved his life. All of the people—all the physicians he's seen throughout his life, and it took his dentist to find out that he had sleep apnea. But he had stopped breathing at night: 20, 30 times an hour he was not breathing. He could easily have had a heart attack at any point in time. He was a walking time bomb, and because his dentist identified that he could have a problem, he's going to have a much longer life, and have a much lesser chance of having dementia, Alzheimer's, or heart attack, or stroke. We're not just fixing peoples' teeth, we're changing their lives.
Could sleep apnea be behind your constant state of fatigue? You might be in need of sleep apnea treatment if:
- Your partner has noticed you stop breathing for moments at a time while you sleep
- You have aggressively loud snoring that keeps your partner up at night
- You wake up feeling exhausted even when you’ve gone to bed at a reasonable hour
- You wake up with an unexplained headache every morning
Bloomington, MN dentist Dr. Kenneth Weddell can diagnose and provide you with sleep apnea treatment. Put an end to your bedtime battle. Call Weddell Dental at 952-679-1365.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is when you take pauses in your breathing while sleeping. If that sounds serious, it’s because it is. These little breaks in your breathing make it difficult for your body and brain to get the necessary levels of oxygen. If you’re a man, you’re two to three times more likely than a woman to suffer from sleep apnea.
There are two types of sleep apnea, obstructive and central. Central sleep apnea is related to the nervous system and is far more rare. Dr. Weddell can treat you for the much more common obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused when the relaxed tissues in the back of your throat or your tongue blocks your airways while you sleep.
Sleep apnea can increase your risk for:
- Dementia or Alzheimer’s
- Heart disease
If you’re concerned you might have sleep apnea, you should get diagnosed as quickly as possible for the sake of your overall health and well-being. If you’re interested in more information about sleep apnea and getting a specific sleep apnea treatment, send us a request using our online form.
How Does Dr. Weddell Treat Sleep Apnea?
When you visit our Bloomington, MN dentist office for a sleep apnea consultation, Dr. Weddell will begin by discussing your symptoms and then give you an exam. He’ll measure your airways with a pharyngometer and then he’ll map your nasal passage with a rhinometer. You shouldn’t expect to feel any pain during your exam.
If it appears you have sleep apnea, top Bloomington, MN dentist Dr. Weddell can make you a custom mouthguard. This oral device will create more space in the back of your mouth by gently pushing your jaw and tongue forward. Because your mouthguard is designed just for you, you’ll experience a more comfortable fit. If a mouthguard works for you, there’ll be no reason for you to use a loud, invasive CPAP machine.
Discover the satisfaction of a good night’s sleep by getting sleep apnea treatment. Call 952-679-1365 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Weddell, or feel free to use our online form to schedule your sleep apnea treatment Bloomington, MN area. Dr. Weddell is a skilled Bloomington, MN dentist with 30 years of experience in dentistry.