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By Reep Family Dental
December 16, 2016
Category: Oral Health

If CPAP therapy isn’t helping your sleep apnea symptoms find out how a unique dental treatment could.

Sleep apnea is a frustrating sleep disorder because it not only wreaks havoc on the quality of your sleep and causes you to feel cpapexhausted throughout the day but it also can cause serious health issues. If CPAP treatment isn’t working for you or you want to find out if there is another simpler want to treat your symptoms, it’s time to visit our Yakima, WA dentist, Dr. Nic Reep, to find out how we can help.

You might be surprised to hear that a dentist can help treat your sleep apnea symptoms but it’s true. While you will, of course, need to see a sleep specialist to get a proper diagnosis, we can work with your sleep doctors to determine whether oral appliance therapy is right for you.

What is oral appliance therapy?

An oral appliance is a custom-made removable appliance that is designed to reposition the jaw forward to prevent the airways from collapsing while you sleep. In order to get this special oral appliance you will need to be properly fitted by our Yakima general dentist. While CPAP therapy remains the most effective way to tackle sleep apnea, there are some patients who will find the relief that they need with oral appliance therapy. Plus, it’s small and easily portable, making it less of an inconvenience than CPAP therapy.

There are two different kinds of oral appliances to consider for treating your obstructive sleep apnea: Mandibular repositioning and tongue retaining devices. The mandibular repositioning device shifts the lower jaw forward and down to keep the airways open. This is the most popular oral appliance used to treat sleep apnea. Of course, you can also choose to get a tongue-retaining device, which the oral device holds the tongue in place to keep airways open.

If you are interested in finding out more about oral appliance therapy and whether it’s the right way to tackle your sleep apnea then call Reep Family Dental & Dental Sleep Solutions in Yakima, WA today.

By Reep Family Dental and Dental Sleep Solutions
June 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sleep apnea  

Millions of Americans have sleep apnea but many of them don't even know they're suffering from this condition. That's because the patient is asleep when it's happening. Sleep apnea isn’t something that goes away on its own, but thankfully there are ways your dentist Sleep Apneacan help. Explore the signs that you may have sleep apnea and talk to a dentist at Reep Family Dental and Dental Sleep Solutions in Yakima, WA about your options.

About Sleep Apnea
It’s estimated that about 20 percent of adults have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea. As the name suggests, an obstruction in the upper breathing passages causes the patient to wake up dozens of times during the course of a night—sometimes as often as 400 times in severe cases. The symptoms are often accompanied by loud snoring. Sleep apnea is more common in patients who are overweight because they have more pressure on their air passageways.

Signs You May Have Sleep Apnea
Short of video taping yourself while sleeping or having a loved one watch you sleep, there is no definitive way to diagnose yourself with sleep apnea. Only a medical doctor can diagnose you with sleep apnea, but these are a few indications that you may have this condition:

  • Tiredness and irritability even after a full night's sleep.
  • Fatigue throughout the day.
  • Lack of mental clarity and attention due to lack of rest.
  • Unexplained headaches in the morning.

Sleep Apnea Treatments
You may be surprised to learn how sleep apnea can be treated by your Yakima dentist. A custom device can be created that will help relieve the pressure on the airways that causes sleep apnea symptoms. Imagine how refreshed you'll feel after your first full night of restful, uninterrupted sleep.

Call for Help
Sleep apnea is more than just an annoyance—it can cause you to have a number of problems related to lack of proper sleep. Call Reep Family Dental and Dental Sleep Solutions in Yakima, WA at (509) 248-0986 today to get help from a caring and understanding family dentist.

By Reep Family Dental
December 24, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: sleep apnea  

Sometimes, excessive snoring can mean more than just a complaining significant other. It could be the sign of a serious, life-threatening medical condition called sleep apnea. Your Yakima, WA dentist at Reep Family Dental can help you determine if sleep apnea is affecting your life, and how to treat it.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea? 
Sleep apnea can be a very serious condition. Though the only real way to diagnose sleep apnea is with a sleep sleep apnea study, it is important to be aware of the symptoms. Often, your bed partner notices some of these symptoms before you do. They include:

  • loud, excessive snoring
  • gasping for breath during sleep
  • pauses in breath during sleep
  • choking during sleep
  • excessive sleepiness during waking hours
  • morning headaches

Am I at risk for sleep apnea? 
Men are more likely than women to suffer from sleep apnea. Of all the cases of obstructive sleep apnea, half the people diagnosed are overweight. Risk increases as you age though the condition can occur at any age. The risk of sleep apnea also increases in people with high blood pressure.

How is sleep apnea treated? 
Sleep apnea treatment aims to restore normal breathing patterns and help stop snoring and gasping during sleep. In mild cases of sleep apnea, simple lifestyle changes like losing weight or using new sleeping positions can relieve symptoms. Avoid alcohol and medications that make you overly tired. In more severe cases, your dentist may prescribe oral appliances which are worn at night. These appliances open the airway and allow normal breathing. Breathing devices like a CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, regulate the air pressure in your throat. This keeps your airway open and prevents apneas from occurring.

Dr. Nic Reep, DDS at Reep Family Dental in Yakima, WA can help with the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea. For more information, call (509)-248-0986 to schedule your appointment today.

By Reep Family Dental
April 30, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  

Daily fatigue or complaints of your snoring from family have led you to see your doctor about the problem. After an exam and a test session in a sleep lab, your problem now has a name — obstructive sleep apnea.

This common sleep-related breathing disorder (SRBD) occurs when the soft tissues in the back of the throat over-relax during sleep. The relaxed tissues obstruct air flow to the trachea (windpipe) and cause “apnea,” where you cease to breathe. The lack of oxygen causes you to wake, even for a micro-second, to begin breathing again. This may occur multiple times throughout the night, diminishing the quality of your sleep and leading not only to drowsiness and daily fatigue but also contribute to cardiovascular disease or other systemic conditions.

The most effective treatment for sleep apnea is the use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine while you sleep. The machine delivers pressurized air to a face mask you wear while you sleep; the additional pressure keeps the airway open. However, a CPAP machine does have a few disadvantages, including discomfort while attached to the machine, nasal congestion and dryness, or claustrophobia. These effects can be so pronounced for some patients, they’re unable to adjust themselves to the machine.

If you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, there may be an alternative — a custom-fitted oral appliance we manufacture for you to wear in your mouth while you sleep. The appliance pulls the lower jaw forward resulting in a wider opening of the airway. In addition to being less cumbersome than a CPAP mask, an oral appliance is easier to wear, compact in size for easy travel and doesn’t require electricity.

While an oral appliance is an effective alternative to a CPAP machine for many patients, it does have a few disadvantages including problems with saliva flow (too much or too little), muscle or teeth soreness and minor tooth or jaw movement. Still, an oral appliance might be the right solution to relieve your sleep apnea over the long-term.

If you would like more information on treatments for sleep apnea, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Sleep Disorders & Dentistry” and “Sleep Apnea FAQs.”