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Sullivan Dental Partners
Sullivan Dental Partners
Richard Sullivan
DDS, FICOI, FIALD
Richard Sullivan
DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Sleep Apnea

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We certainly don't expect you to be an expert on dental care, which is why we encourage your questions. Being informed about a procedure and why it's necessary helps you feel more confident when making decisions about your family's dental care. 

We've shared some of the questions we hear most often, but if you don't see yours here, please give us a call. A member of our team will be happy to find the answer you need or arrange a complimentary consultation with one of our doctors.

Sleep Apnea

Sleeping Couple | Sleep Apnea Treatment Brentwood TNSleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening disorder that occurs when your airway is blocked or constricted during sleep. It is typically characterized by long pauses in breathing, excessive snoring, and gasping for air. For some, these long pauses can occur hundreds of times a night, depriving the body of much-needed oxygen.

Until recently, the first line treatment for sleep apnea was a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. This method involves wearing a mask that applies a flow of mild air pressure to keep the airway open during sleep.

While CPAP treatment is highly effective, especially for those with severe sleep apnea, many patients find the mask too bulky and uncomfortable to wear during sleep. The result is that a lot of sleep apnea sufferers choose not to wear the mask, which puts their general health at risk.

How we treat sleep apnea

At Sullivan Dental Partners, we have a better way. Many of our patients have found relief for sleep apnea at our Brentwood dental office with a customized dental device called Optisleep that repositions your jaw slightly forward during sleep. This movement keeps your airway open so you can breathe freely.

We use state-of-the-art digital imaging technology called SICAT to analyze your upper airway to identify the blockage. We’ll share this information with your physician, who will determine if Optisleep is the safest choice for you.

Please call Sullivan Dental Partners to get your sleep apnea under control and allow you to breathe comfortably again.

Have you been accused of loud snoring during the night? Do you suffer from chronic fatigue and find yourself exhausted by the afternoon? Do you sometimes wake during the night gasping for air or coughing? All of these factors are symptoms of sleep apnea, which is a sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing multiple times throughout the night. Couple with sleep apnea in brentwood tn

If you've heard of sleep apnea, you might know that it takes a sleep study to accurately diagnose the condition. Your team at Sullivan Dental Partners offers a take-home sleep study that can be completed in the comfort of your own bed. This means you don't have to go to a sleep lab and have someone watch and monitor your sleep; and better yet, you'll receive your results the next morning!

If you do have sleep apnea

If your test shows that you suffer from sleep apnea, we will then scan your teeth and analyze your airways with specialized software called SICAT. This innovative software allows our doctors to identify obstructions that could be causing your sleep apnea and keeping you from getting the rest you need. 

At Sullivan Dental Partners, we also offer customized appliances that can be a more comfortable sleep apnea treatment in Brentwood as opposed to standard CPAP therapy. Contact our dental office today for more information. 

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