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Patients are always surprised when they find that their dentist may actually be able to help treat their snoring and/or sleep apnea issues.  While it's not the norm for most offices to provide this type of service, I feel that as your primary point of contact for any oral health related issues - it's only appropriate that I investigate any potential problems.  I cannot emphasize the importance of sleep.  Both common sense and science make note of the importance of a good nights rest, and those that suffer from sleep apnea not only affect their sleep cycle, but their respective partner as well.

Recently, I was having a personal chat with a patient, and as many parents do, got on the subject of kids and school.  This patient was particularly concerned because her chile had recently been diagnosed with ADHD, was doing poorly in school, and was always tired.  As I'm always apt to do, I started asking a few questions about his sleep habits, behavior, physical appearance, etc...and suggested that she bring him to a specialist to have his tonsils examined.  I suspected that this child was simply sleep deprived, and that perhaps there was a physiological reason why.

As it turns out, I was right on the money.  Indeed, it was inflamed tonsils that caused the snoring, that caused the sleep deprivation, that led to misdiagnosis of ADHD, and so forth.  After a simple surgical procedure, all is now well.  So I'll emphasize again the importance of sleep...and if you think you suffer from Sleep Apnea or excessive snoring - call me.

-Dr. Agatep

 

Excessive snoring can more than just a nuisance to your partner, it may be indicative of a serious health condition known as Sleep Apnea.

Although snoring is not uncommon, there are often cases where snoring may be associated with airway obstruction, preventing you from breathing.  Sleep Apnea is characterized by loud snoring, followed by a few seconds of silence.  This silence is the critical point where airways are being blocked.  The lack of oxygen and increase in carbon dioxide in the system eventually prompts the individual to subconsciously wake up, forcing the airway open coupled with a loud gurgle or gasping sound.  

Sleep Apnea is associated with

  • Daytime Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Failure
  • Stroke
  • ADHD

Snoring can be attributed to a variety of factors, including:

  • Mouth Anatomy
  • Alcohol Consumption
  • Nasal problems or Deviated Septum
  • Sleep Apnea

Snoring can be serious both socially and medically. Snoring can disrupt marriages and cause sleepless nights for bed partners. Habitual snoring may be more than just a nuisance and cause of daytime sleepiness. Untreated, persistent snoring caused by obstructive sleep apnea may raise your lifetime risk of developing such health problems as high blood pressure, heart failure and stroke. In children, obstructive sleep apnea may increase their risk of ADHD.

Treatment

There are a number of treatments for snoring, whether it be lifestyle changes such as weight loss, or treatment procedures such as oral applicances or surgery.

  • Traditional Surgery
  • Laser Surgery
  • Somnoplasty
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
  • Oral Applicances

Dr. Agatep specializes in treating Sleep Apnea through the use of a custom fitted oral appliance that will help advance the position of your tongue and soft palate - thus helping to keep your air passage open.

Not sure if you suffer from Sleep Apnea?  View this PSA from the American Sleep Apnea Association.

Are you looking for a Sleep Apnea specialist in San Diego? Call our office at (858) 490-4281 and we can help diagnose your condition.  Dr. Agatep is one of the few dentists in San Diego trained to treat Sleep Apnea disorders.  If you would like an alternative to CPAP and want to learn more information about an oral appliance, call our office for an appointment.