Dentist Asheville NC

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Did you know that snoring, restless nights, daytime drowsiness and other symptoms of sleep apnea can often be treated with a simple dental appliance? Dentist Asheville, Dr. Douglas B. Phillips, DDS is an Asheville sleep medicine specialist who provides comfortable, unobtrusive solutions that can help you sleep — and feel — better.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing during sleep. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which caused by the muscles of the airway relaxing to the point that airflow is restricted. Each pause, called an apnea (literally: “without breath”), usually lasts between 20 and 40 seconds and can occur as often as 30 times an hour…even more in extreme cases.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Since sleep apnea disrupts restful sleep, common symptoms include:

  • daytime sleepiness
  • fatigue
  • depression
  • moodiness
  • erectile dysfunction
  • lack of libido

What are the dangers of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea has been linked to increased risk of:

  • cancer
  • cardiovascular disease
  • cardiac arrhythmias
  • diabetes
  • hypertension
  • stroke
  • obesity
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • metabolic syndrome and other serious conditions.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can shorten a person’s life span by years due to the lack of adequate quality sleep and the effect that the lack of oxygen has on major body symptoms and organs.

Who suffers from sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea affects one out of five adults, yet 90% of these individuals are not diagnosed. They’re people of all ages and all body types. To determine your risk for health problems due to heavy snoring or sleep apnea, click here to take a brief questionnaire.

How can Dr. Phillips help me with my sleep apnea?

Dr. Phillips, the Asheville Dentist, works closely with sleep medicine physicians and primary care physicians to help eliminate snoring and sleep apnea issues for their patients. The on-site lab at our state-of-the-art practice can fit you with a custom oral appliance that gently pulls your lower jaw forward, providing a more open airway for breathing. Many people find these gadgets to be more comfortable than – and just as effective as – bulky, loud CPAP machines. The result? You (and your partner) rest comfortably, and you improve and preserve your overall health.

Call Phillips &Schmitt today at 828.254.1944 to schedule your complimentary consultation.