What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disruptive breathing disorder that can cause serious health and wellness issues if left untreated. While sleep apnea problems can be pervasive, solutions for sleep disordered breathing can be comfortably achieved with help from our dental office. Dr. JC Duncan helps patients find convenient treatment solutions with sleep apnea therapy in Huntersville, NC.
At-Home Testing for Sleep Apnea
The first step in diagnosing sleep apnea is often the most inconvenient. Traditionally, patients have to visit a sleep specialist and take part in an overnight study to determine if they have true sleep apnea and what the cause of the condition may be.
But our office provides at-home sleep testing for sleep apnea issues. We work with a sleep physician for diagnosis of your condition, so you don’t have to visit secondary, outside office. After your initial consultation at our office, we’ll provide you with a take-home kit to determine what the causes of your sleep disordered breathing may be.
Common, tell-tale signs of sleep apnea include:
- Persistent Fatigue
- Waking Up Several Times Throughout the Night
- Weight Gain
- Dry Mouth
- Teeth Grinding
Our Huntersville sleep apnea dental office helps you comfortably and conveniently discover the source of your sleep problems. Once diagnosed, our sleep apnea therapies are made to fit your lifestyle and provide the relief you need to feel healthy and rested.
Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Therapy
Dr. Duncan helps sleep apnea patients breathe more easily with trusted names in dental appliances, such as the TAP 3, TAP Elite, and ERPS. While each appliance is slightly different and is recommended based on patient needs, they all function in generally the same way, by pulling the jaw forward to prevent airway blockage and promote undisrupted breathing. Sleep apnea oral appliances look like retainers and easy to wear and use. [Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Therapy]
Oral appliances work best for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea and provide a portable, comfortable solution that does not involve the use of a CPAP machine. CPAP machines can produce dry mouth and are uncomfortable to wear, as they include a face mask and the application of forced air through passage ways. While oral appliances are not a complete replacement for CPAP machines for those with severe sleep apnea, they can provide the next-best-thing to CPAP for those with more moderate issues.
We move your oral appliances therapy forward in stages, to ensure that you receive the results and symptom alleviation you’re hoping for. We start patients off small, and can increase forward jaw movement in small increments, as needed, to help achieve maximum airflow and joint comfort. Appliances are typically worn for about 4-6 weeks, with any necessary adjustments being made after the initial trial period.
Learn More about Sleep Apnea Treatment in Huntersville, NC
At the dental office of JC Duncan, DDS patient comfort comes first. We make sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment more convenient and comfortable with at-home sleep testing and oral appliance therapy. To learn more about how we can alleviate your sleep apnea problems, and help you enjoy improved, all-around wellness, contact our office today.
To learn more about Sleep Apnea in Huntersville, NC,
Call our office at (704) 948-1300 today!