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Sleep apnea is not only an annoyance but a serious health concern for many of our patients. At Joanna Kleckner DDS, we prescribe oral appliances, such as the Z-Quiet ProFlex appliance, to treat mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. A sleep study is required for accurate diagnosis of sleep apnea and we will work with your physician regarding your sleep apnea condition and treatment.
Symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring heavily, choking, gasping, and/or not breathing for periods of time during sleep. Oftentimes, affected patients are completely unaware of the condition. However, there are signs and symptoms of the disorder that can be assessed easily. Some patients are aware of clenching or grinding their teeth and attribute it to stress, but it is often related to airway restriction during sleep. Some other signs of sleep apnea include high blood pressure, daytime sleepiness, and snoring. While men have a higher risk of sleep apnea, women can be affected as well. The most effective type of treatment for severe sleep apnea cases is a CPAP mask. Oral appliances are highly beneficial for our patients experiencing mild to moderate sleep apnea. Dental appliances reposition the lower jaw and tongue to better allow for proper air flow by keeping the airway in an open position.
Once Dr. Kleckner evaluates your mouth and prescribes an oral appliance of the right fit, you will need to follow up consistently throughout the first year and then regularly after that to ensure that the fit is still suitable. Those appointments are a good opportunity to reassess your signs and symptoms of sleep apnea.
Dr. Kleckner and her staff are committed to helping you improve your life by improving your sleep. Do you think you’re at risk for sleep apnea? Take this quiz and bring it to your appointment so we can best serve you! Call our office to schedule a sleep apnea treatment consultation today.