910 W Ironwood Dr. | Coeur D Alene, ID 83814

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208.667.1154

 
   
     
 
         
 

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910 W Ironwood Dr. Coeur D Alene, ID 83814
Phone: 208.667.1154

 

 

 

 

 

SLEEP APNEA THERAPY - ADVANCED FAMILY DENTISTRY

Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our day-to-day lives. Getting enough sleep can be beneficial for our physical and mental health and also improves our quality of life. In the same way, not getting adequate sleep can pose various health risks. At our office, we offer sleep apnea treatment in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. At Advanced Family Dentistry in Coeur d’Alene, we seek to prevent and treat this sleep disorder that prevents patients from getting the restful sleep their bodies need.

WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that is characterized by long lapses in breathing during sleep. These lapses can last anywhere from seconds to minutes and severely decreases the amount of oxygen that the brain receives. The “apnea” episodes can occur up to 30 times in one hour. The victim of this disorder often wakes up gasping for air multiple times throughout the night, preventing them from ever reaching a deep, restful sleep.

TWO TYPES OF SLEEP APENA

There are two different forms of this sleep disorder

OBSTRUCTIVE
This form of the disorder means that something is obstructing the flow of air. Usually this means the throat or tongue muscles relax and block the airway preventing the victim from properly breathing. This is the most common form of the disorder and can be easier to treat.

CENTRAL
This form of the disorder means that the messages from the brain to the muscles that control breathing aren't being delivered properly. This is a more severe form of the disorder and affects less people than obstructive sleep apnea.

 

WHY TREAT SLEEP APNEA?

When our patients suffer from this sleep disorder they are not getting the sleep that their body requires to perform daily activities. This can have serious effects on every other aspect of their lives. Here are some of the negative side effects of not getting enough sleep:

  • Increased risk of depression
  • Unhealthy, wrinkly skin (premature aging)
  • Negatively affects memory and learning skills
  • Impaired judgment
  • Causes weight gain
  • Increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Raised blood pressure
  • Constant sleepiness
  • Morning Headaches
  • Negative impact on relationships
 

RISK FACTORS

Anyone can become a victim of this sleep disorder for no known cause. However, as with any disease or disorder, there are several factors that can increase your chance of suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.

  • Being overweight
  • Having a thick neck
  • Heavy drinking
  • Race
  • Using sedatives or tranquilizers
  • Smoking
  • Being older than 60
  • Having a naturally narrow throat
  • Genetics
 

SYMPTOMS

Oftentimes our patients have been suffering from sleep apnea for an extended period of time before receiving treatment. This is because most victims will not notice or remember the episodes of stalled breathing. However, a bed partner will most likely notice the symptoms of the disorder. If you suffer from several of the following symptoms you may need treatment for this sleep disorder:

  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Waking up with a headache
  • Snoring
  • Waking up gasping for air
  • Memory loss or inability to retain new information
  • Waking with a dry or sore throat

Dr. Mosby, along with your primary care physician can diagnose this disorder. If you are looking for a sleep apnea treatment plan in Post Falls or a sleep apnea treatment plan in Hayden, Dr. Mosby is accepting new sleep apnea patients throughout North Idaho. Visit our office if you think you may suffer from sleep apnea.

 

TAP ORAL APPLIANCE

There are a variety of treatments available for this disorder. Dr. Mosby strives to always match the patient’s condition with the treatment they truly need. This customized treatment plan for sleep apnea is made possible only after a thorough assessment of the patient’s medical history, general health and family health history. While there are several ways to prevent the lapses in breathing associated with sleep apnea, we offer a surgery free and medication free sleep apnea treatment alternative with the TAP oral appliance.

The TAP oral appliance is a great device for patients who do not suffer from severe cases of sleep apnea. Compared to other appliances such as CPAP, this small device is comfortable, convenient and does not disrupt your bed partner’s sleep.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK? COEUR D'ALENE TAP APPLIANCE

The TAP oral appliance is a small, customized device that fits the oral structures of the patient. It is designed to push the jaw forward so that the tongue and throat muscles cannot collapse and block the airway during sleep. Dr. Mosby believes in the TAP appliance because it is a non-invasive, easy to use product with a 95% success rate with sleep apnea. While this product may not work for every patient, it is the ideal way to prevent apnea episodes.

If you think you may be suffering from this sleep disorder, do not wait to visit a dentist. Your body may be suffering from lack of sleep, which can affect your life in ways that you don’t realize. At Advanced Family Dentistry in Coeur d’Alene, ID, we are determined to improve your quality of life through peaceful and sound sleeping. For more information on sleep apnea or to schedule your sleep apnea consultation with Dr. Mosby, visit our office or call us today at (208)667-1154

 
         
   

910 W Ironwood Dr. | Coeur D Alene, ID 83814
Phone: 208.667.1154

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