Do you or your partner suffer from chronic snoring? If so, we encourage you to visit Morton Aesthetic and Implant Dentistry for a sleep apnea evaluation. Sleep apnea is a pause in sleep due to insufficient oxygen entering the blood stream, which causes the brain to wake you so that you take a breath of air. Not only does this frequently disrupt your sleep and prevent you from achieving quality rest, it causes the heart to work harder, which can lead to harmful conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.
Obstructive sleep apnea (or OSA) is often caused by a narrowing or collapse of the airway or by the tongue falling back into the mouth. Many patients are living with sleep apnea or OSA and do not realize it. Some telltale symptoms may be:
• Daytime fatigue
• Sore throat
• Suddenly waking up choking, gasping, or coughing
If you have noticed any of the above symptoms in yourself or your partner, we encourage you to visit Dr. Morton and Dr. Montes for treatment. Our experienced dentists will help you determine the cause of your sleep apnea and recommend the proper treatment plan to help you manage your condition and prevent the negative side effects.
Sleep Apnea & Children
If you have noticed that your child has a habit of snoring, we encourage you to come visit Morton Aesthetic and Implant Dentistry for a consultation with our dentists. Snoring for a child could indicate an issue in their facial development, such as a tall palate and narrow arch or problems with the sinuses. If these problems are not corrected, sleep apnea could negatively affect your child’s facial development and deteriorate their mouth over time.
Dr. Morton can examine your child’s palate to detect any relation to your child’s snoring. Dr. Morton and Dr. Montes also work with an EMT to treat sleep apnea in children, especially between the ages of 4 and 6. An EMT can evaluate your child’s sinuses to determine if they will affect your child’s oral health and development. Early treatment is the key to preserving your child’s smile and preventing harmful conditions such as bruxism, TMD, and chronic snoring.
To learn more about your and your family’s options for sleep apnea treatment in Marietta, Georgia, please contact our office at 770-973-0141 today.