Sleep Apnea in Bridgeton, MO

At Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, D.D.S., we can treat all different types of dental concerns. Our services go beyond basic dental exams and teeth cleanings — if you have a complex dental problem or symptoms that are interfering with your daily life, Dr. Burgdorf may be able to help! 

Unfortunately, many of our Maryland Heights, MO dental patients are unaware that they are living with serious dental problems. Many oral and general health conditions can go unnoticed or undiagnosed for many years. At Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, D.D.S., we want every one of our patients to feel healthy and to live their life without the inconvenience of oral health problems.

In this section of our website, we are going to talk specifically about one oral health condition in particular: sleep apnea. 

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea 

As we discussed above, many people have no idea that they are currently living with sleep apnea. To help determine if you may be suffering from the serious medical condition, consider the following questions: 

  • Do you wake up feeling like you’ve barely slept at all?
  • Do you find yourself dozing off during the day?
  • Do you wake up with a sore throat or suffer from frequent headaches or mood swings?
  • Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night gasping for air?
  • Does your partner complain about your snoring?

These are all signs and symptoms of sleep apnea (the word “apnea” literally means “without breath”). If you answered “yes” to more than one of the questions above, there is a good chance you may have sleep apnea.

When you have sleep apnea, you stop breathing multiple times throughout the night, causing your brain to wake you up slightly so that you can resume breathing. Not only does the condition disturb your rest and prevent you from getting the deep sleep your body needs to restore itself, but sleep apnea can also lead to multiple complications throughout your body including higher levels of anxiety and high blood pressure, which in turn increases your risk of heart attacks and strokes.

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or even suspect that you might have the condition, it is important to get professional help. At Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, D.D.S., we offer sleep apnea treatment in Maryland Heights, MO. In the sections below, we are going to take a more in-depth look at sleep apnea and discuss possible treatments for the condition. 

Effects of Sleep Apnea 

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, approximately 12 million people in the United States have sleep apnea. Men are more likely to have the condition than women, and sleep apnea is more likely to develop in middle age. Several factors can significantly increase your risk of developing sleep apnea, including smoking and being overweight or obese.

Sleep apnea has many different negative side effects, and the condition can sometimes be difficult to spot because people do not realize or remember what they do in their sleep. For this reason, many people have sleep apnea and don’t even know it. They only know that they are miserable, fatigued, and plagued with headaches. Because of excessive drowsiness throughout the day, their productivity at work may suffer, and driving may become dangerous since they are more likely to doze off. Their personal relationships may also be troubled thanks to the loud snoring and gasping at night commonly associated with sleep apnea.

If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, it is best to first talk with your primary medical provider to rule out other possible conditions. If you are given an official sleep apnea diagnosis, our dental office can then suggest different sleep apnea treatments in Maryland Heights. To learn more, continue reading below or contact our professional dental staff at (314) 291-9000 today.  

Treating Sleep Apnea

Fortunately, we have a number of treatment options available for patients with obstructive sleep apnea. If you are searching for a sleep apnea treatment in Maryland Heights, MO, Dr. Kevin Burgdorf can work with you to help you find a solution. 

CPAP

Traditionally, the first treatment option we will usually turn to treat your sleep apnea is CPAP. CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, is a type of breathing therapy. CPAP is generally very effective in treating sleep apnea. 

Our Maryland Heights dental patients are often surprised to learn that CPAP treatment requires a sleeping mask. Patients who are treated with CPAP wear a mask while sleeping that is connected to a machine that blows air through the mask and into the patient’s airway. This process keeps the airway open throughout the night, allowing the patient to breathe more easily. 

While CPAP is quite effective for patients who can tolerate it, this therapy does have several drawbacks. The mask can be uncomfortable, and the machine is loud, sometimes disturbing the patient and his or her partner. Additionally, for patients with an active lifestyle who enjoy traveling, vacationing, and camping, CPAP presents a further problem. The machine can be bulky to carry as luggage, and an electrical source may not be available to power the machine, leaving patients without the therapy they need for a good night’s sleep.

For these reasons, CPAP is not a good treatment option for every dental patient. For the approximately 50 percent of sleep apnea patients who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy, Bridgeton dentist Dr. Kevin Burgdorf has another solution: oral appliances. Oral appliances can also be used to treat sleep apnea, and they are smaller, quieter, and all-around more convenient than CPAP machines. 

Oral Appliances

If you need sleep apnea treatment in Maryland Heights, MO but do not enjoy or cannot use the CPAP treatment method, then you may be a great candidate for an oral appliance. How do these appliances work? First, Dr. Burgdorf will take an impression of your teeth so that we can create an oral appliance that is custom-made for your smile. Then, once you have received your oral appliance, you wear it only at night while you sleep. Your personalized oral appliance positions your jaw forward to keep your airway open, stop your snoring, and prevent your breathing from stopping. 

If you choose to receive an oral appliance as your sleep apnea treatment in Maryland Heights, you can rest assured that you will receive the highest-quality treatment available. Dr. Burgdorf has helped many of our dental patients find relief from their sleep apnea symptoms by prescribing oral appliances. Dr. Burgdorf works closely with his mentor, Dr. Thomas Gotsis, who has many years of experience treating sleep apnea with oral appliances.

By working together, these skilled dentists can give patients alternatives to bulky, restrictive CPAP machines, guiding them through the process of getting a sleep study to diagnose their condition, and then prescribe appropriate treatment.

Schedule Your Dental Appointment Today

Sleep apnea is a difficult and challenging condition to live with. If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, or if you have any of the symptoms or risk factors associated with the condition, you could benefit from meeting with Dr. Burgdorf to discuss your treatment options. For sleep apnea treatment in Maryland Heights, MO, call us today at (314) 291-9000.