If you are snoring constantly, then you have probably heard the complaints from your family and friends. This snoring isn’t just a disruption to their sleep, however. It may be a symptom of a serious sleep disorder. Fortunately, you can treat sleep apnea in Johns Creek, GA from Dr. Walls, who is a Qualified Dentist with the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (ADSM). Contact us if you want to:
- Wake up feeling rested
- Improve your overall health
- Prevent daytime sleepiness
- Have more energy
Your general dentist can do more than just care for your teeth. Dr. Walls has completed extensive training in order to help identify and treat your sleep apnea. Plus, using oral appliance therapy (OAT) from your dentist is comfortable and effective. Our office is just minutes from Northwest High School and Emory Johns Creek Hospital. Call 678-797-7793 to set up a free consultation at Shawn A. Walls, DDS.
Find the Right Fix for Better Rest
Sleep apnea is a condition in which you stop breathing when you fall asleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of this condition. When you have OSA, your airway becomes closed off as you drift into sleep. Your muscles relax, which allows soft tissue to shift in a way that blocks your airway. Depending on the severity of your condition, this may happen as many as hundreds of times every night.
To treat your condition, you need to find a way to keep your airway open. If you don’t, your body will wake you up when you stop breathing. This means you won’t get the deep sleep that health professionals believe you need. Not breathing puts stress on your body. This may explain why people with untreated sleep apnea are more likely to have high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes complications, and other health issues.
A common treatment prescribed by doctors is a CPAP machine. Many people find CPAPs difficult to use. Research has shown that anywhere from one-third to one-half of CPAP users give up on the machine within a year.
As an alternative, dentists like Dr. Walls who have completed training with the ADSM can design an oral appliance for you. It works by slightly shifting the resting position of your lower jaw to keep your airway from closing. So you continue breathing and stay asleep long enough for deep, quality sleep. With an appliance, you will avoid:
- Irritation from the mask
- Difficulty adjusting to the sensation of air blowing into your mouth and nose
- Distracting sound that can make it tough to sleep
Prevent your snoring, breathe easier, and get the rest you need. Treat sleep apnea in Johns Creek, GA at Shawn A. Walls, DDS. New patients should call 678-797-7793 for an appointment. Returning patients can call 770-813-0079.