Sleep Apnea Specialist

Scottsdale Dental Excellence

Dentists located in Scottsdale, AZ

According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, as many as 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, many of whom are unaware of their condition. For those in or around Scottsdale, Arizona, Jeffrey D. Clark, DDS, FAGD, of Scottsdale Dental Excellence offers diagnostic and treatment options for this serious medical condition. Don’t delay seeking care, as sleep apnea could be robbing you of the rest you need to make the most of each day. Use the easy online scheduling tool or contact the office by phone to book your visit.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

Scottsdale Dental Excellence

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which sufferers stop breathing multiple times during the night. Your airway can be partially or fully blocked, leaving you without sufficient oxygen. Many people don’t become aware they have sleep apnea until a medical condition brings them to their physician, who then performs a sleep study.

What causes sleep apnea?

Numerous things can cause sleep apnea, some of which you can control and others you can’t. Some of the common causes include:

  • Obesity
  • Neuromuscular conditions
  • Genetic syndromes
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Large tonsils
  • Heart or kidney trouble

Because there are so many potential causes, it’s important to find a specialist who can properly diagnose sleep apnea.

What are some symptoms of sleep apnea?

The most obvious symptoms involve troubled sleep. If you or your partner notice frequent snoring, gasping for air, or unusual breathing patterns during your sleep, you might have sleep apnea.

Other common symptoms include:

  • Fatigue and sleepiness during the day
  • Poor attention and concentration
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Frequent nighttime urination

It’s easy to overlook these symptoms or assume they have a different cause. Once you receive the right diagnosis and treatment, however, many of these issues improve or resolve.

Scottsdale Dental Excellence offers Ez Sleep™ at-home testing technology to help get to the bottom of your sleep difficulties. The system is easy to use, and helps determine if you’re suffering from sleep apnea.

How is sleep apnea treated?

Oral appliance therapy is one of the most powerful treatment options for sleep apnea that Dr. Clark offers at Scottsdale Dental Excellence.

Getting fitted for an oral appliance changes the position of your jaw during sleep, improving airflow and preventing upper airway blockage. Your mouthpiece is designed to fit your unique dental contours.

The previous treatment path of choice was known as CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure masks. Many men and women fail to use their CPAP machines, however, due to frustrations with noises, facial irritation, claustrophobia, and reduced sleep position options.

Oral appliances offer an effective alternative that can be easily integrated into your existing sleep routine. There are no wires, masks, or claustrophobia to contend with, and it’s surprising how quickly you become used to wearing your appliance at night.

If you have questions about how oral appliance therapy can help treat your sleep apnea, book an appointment today.