Birmingham Sleep Apnea and Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders
The American Dental Association’s (ADA) 2017 Conference promulgated a policy, which supports the role of dentistry in the management of sleep-related breathing disorders such as Sleep Apnea.
Among the more salient points include the fact that dentists are the best qualified healthcare providers, owing to their skill and training, to prescribe oral appliance therapies to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
If you suffer from sleep-related breathing disorders, Dr. Roberson may just be your best hope for a quick and painless solution.
What Are Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders?
Dr. Roberson of Roberson Dental in Birmingham, AL describes sleep-related breathing disorders as “…a broad spectrum of breathing difficulties patients experience during sleep.” According to the National Sleep Foundation, obstructive sleep disorder and snoring are the most common disorders related to breathing difficulties during sleep.
Health Risk Posed by Sleep Apnea
Impediments to normal breathing patterns during sleep can be signs of a serious medical condition, which should not to be ignored. Other than the risk of suffocation, sleep-related breathing difficulties have been associated with heart conditions, teeth grinding, low productivity, and other neurobehavioral morbidities. In extreme cases, it can affect the growth and development of children.
The risk of sleep-related breathing difficulties is greater in males. According to Dr. Roberson, the risk is further heightened in patients who are above the age of 40, and who have a family history of the condition, and/or who struggle with their weight.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
Many sleep-related breathing disorders are treatable, and alleviating them can dramatically improve your quality of life. For a personalized treatment plan, consult your Birmingham dental team at Roberson Dental. Some of the viable treatment options include oral appliances to open the airway, and continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) devices to facilitate improved air flow.