We have unique, custom oral appliances that can be used to open up your airway for more restful, uninterrupted sleep.
What is Sleep Apnea?
At first, it might seem a little strange to see your Hendersonville dentist for a condition like sleep apnea. However, who knows the mouth and anatomy of your head and neck better than us? Sleep apnea is a condition where you stop breathing while you’re resting due to a blockage in your airway. Snoring is the biggest indication that you could have sleep apnea.
Manage your Sleep Apnea without a CPAP machine
We use our state of the art software to create fully custom oral appliances – designed to open your airway while you sleep.
If you have mild or moderate sleep apnea, a CPAP machine isn’t the only way to treat the disorder. Dr. Connor and Dr. Allred can help you out! Our custom-made sleep apnea devices reposition the jaw while you sleep, preventing your airway from closing.
Take the Sleep Apnea Quiz
Stop wondering if you or someone in your family has sleep apnea and start getting the really good, restful sleep we all need to succeed. Take a minute to answer yes or no to the following quick quiz questions:
Do you snore?
Do you grind your teeth?
Are you always tired and having trouble staying awake?
Do you wake up gasping for air or holding your breath?
Do you feel groggy even though you slept through the night?
Have you ever dozed off in a social setting, driving, or at a movie?
Is poor concentration or memory loss affecting your day?
Are you overweight and have hypertension, or have diabetes?
How did you do? If you can check off at least two of these boxes, we want to hear from you. Know that you’re not alone in treating your sleep apnea on your journey to better rest. We’ll be your partner and trusted resource throughout treatment and will be corresponding with your primary care physician or sleep specialist.
Why is Sleep Apnea Dangerous?
Has your bedroom or household been turned upside down due to snoring or restlessness? It’s common for people who snore or have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea to think it’s not really a big deal or concern. But the problem is that this disorder can do damage to your overall health, causing issues such as:
- Daytime sleepiness
- High Blood Pressure
- Memory Loss
- High blood pressure
- Type II diabetes
- Increased risk for heart issues, such as heart attack
- Loss of interest in sex and impotence
- Depression and anxiety
Do any of these sound familiar to you? Are you or someone in your family struggling to get answers and proper care? It’s time you talked to the doctors at Connor Family Dentistry.
How Your Dentist in Hendersonville Can Treat Sleep Apnea
Your first step at getting started is to schedule some time to talk with Dr. Connor or Dr. Allred, and their sleep coordinator, Kristen. Using a comfortable, comprehensive evaluation, we can get a better idea of what’s going on with not only your oral health but your overall health as well. Using our carefully trained eyes and technology, we look for signs and symptoms of sleep apnea as per the recommendation of the American Dental Association because of the amount of misdiagnosed cases. We always ask patients about their health history and are highly interested if they are experiencing what we like to call “the big four,” including:
- High Blood Pressure
- Acid reflux
During a sleep consultation and while you’re here for your dental hygiene visits and exams, we are on the lookout for signs of obstructive sleep apnea. These include signs such as wear, clenching, grinding, obstructed airway due to an enlarged tongue and tonsils, and so much more. We also use advanced 3D x-ray technology. This allows us to see every aspect of your airway – from your nasal passages to the base of your throat. Any patient who is interested in being tested for obstructive sleep apnea is given a home sleep test provided by our office that you can complete in the comfort of your own bed.
The Dental Solution
Custom oral appliances can treat mild and moderate obstructive sleep apnea, as well as severe sleep apnea if CPAP is refused, by posturing the lower jaw forward. Adjusting the lower jaw tightens the soft tissue and muscles of the upper airway, which prevents obstruction while you sleep. Custom oral appliances also prevent the tissues of the upper airway from vibrating as air passes over them, which is the major cause of snoring. At Connor Family Dentistry, we will confirm you are a good fit for oral appliance therapy, as well as ensure you are dentally appropriate for the appliance. We will then select the appliance that best suits you and your needs. The benefits of custom oral appliances include:
- Permits normal mouth opening
- Allows for speech and drinking
- Safe and effective
- Clinically validated
- Easy to clean
- Custom fit
- Packs and travels with ease
- Warrantied against breakages
- Easily adjustable
Using Experience and Expertise to Provide Relief
You might wonder why your Hendersonville dentist even cares about how you sleep at night. The reason is that your mouth is truly the gateway to your whole body, and we care about helping you stay healthy from tooth to toe. We have completed well over 50 hours of continuing education with specialized training in successfully diagnosing and treating sleep disorders. We have unique, custom oral appliances that can be used to open up your airway for more restful, uninterrupted sleep. Have you already been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are stuck wearing a C-PAP machine that you constantly have to clean or fix due to recalls? We want to hear from you!
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