Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatments

Sleep disorders are a bigger problem than most people think. Disorders like sleep apnea disrupt more than just a good night’s sleep and hard day’s work. Over time, it’s a risk factor for heart attack, stroke, diabetes and other serious conditions.

Dr. Tracy Davidian, DDS is one of the top dental sleep medicine doctors in the Triangle area. Read more to find out how you can get high quality, comfortable, and custom treatment for you or a loved one’s sleep disorders.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Approximately 25 million adults in the U.S. have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which can cause them to stop breathing hundreds of times a night for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute.

People with sleep apnea usually do not remember waking up during the night. Indications of the problem may include:

  • Morning headaches
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability and impaired mental or emotional functioning
  • Excessive snoring, choking, or gasping during sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat

 

Risks of Untreated Sleep Apnea

People suffering with sleep apnea often feel sleepy during the day, thus finding it hard to focus on everyday tasks such as: driving, work, school, reading, watching television, etc.

In more serious cases the lack of oxygen can lead to:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attacks
  • Weight gain
  • Diabetes
  • Strokes
  • Sudden death

 

Is it Sleep Apnea?

How do you know if you or a loved one has sleep apnea? In most cases, a spouse or a friend is the first to suspect that someone they know may be suffering from sleep apnea.

Common signs of sleep apnea include snoring and gasping or choking sounds during sleep. Like snoring, sleep apnea is more common in men, but it can occur in women too, especially during and after menopause. Having excess body weight, a narrow airway or misaligned jaw all increase the risk of sleep apnea.

If you know someone whom you have noticed to have these symptoms, please encourage them to see a doctor for an evaluation.

Take Our 3-Minute Test – A Questionnaire Designed by Medical Professionals and Sleep Experts

I often wake up feeling like I’ve been “hit by a train”.
I drink anything with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, soda, or Red Bull, to stay alert during the day.
I snore.
I suffer from high blood pressure.
I am a diabetic.
I’ve been told that I sometimes lose my breath while sleeping (or wake up gasping for breath).
My neck size is 17 inches or more.
You – or your child – have been diagnosed with ADD / ADHD.
I am overweight.
I have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep for more than an hour or two at a time.
I often wish I could take a nap during the day.
I have trouble getting up on time in the morning – my alarm’s “snooze” button is my best friend.
I am easily distracted during the day and have trouble maintaining my focus.
I often feel depressed and find it harder and harder to feel energized and enthusiastic about things and activities that use to give me joy.
I often get drowsy while driving.
I find it hard to stay awake when reading.
I get up frequently during the night to use the bathroom.
I often fall asleep watching TV or snooze on and off until bedtime.
There is a history of heart attacks, diabetes, hypertension, and strokes in my family.
I need to take sleeping pills or other medications to fall asleep.
My sex life suffers due to impotence or lack of interest and / or energy. 

If you checked yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from a sleep breathing disorder.  Please contact us through the website or our office to discuss different options for diagnosing and treating your potential sleep breathing disorder.

What to Expect

When you schedule your sleep treatment with Dr. Davidian, you will be on your way to a better night’s sleep.

Here is what to expect along the way:

Initial Visit

During this initial visit, Dr. Davidian will thoroughly examine your teeth and mouth to confirm that you are a good candidate for a device. a bite registration and impression will be taken using a K-7 Evaluation System. The K-7 Evaluation System measures, displays and stores objective data on a physiologic and anatomical status and function: jaw tracking, electromyography and joint sonography. This objective data enhances the doctor’s diagnostic and treatment considerations with information not previously available.

Based on this data, Dr. Davidian will custom-order your device.

Delivery Visit

Dr. Davidian will place and fit your device. She will also teach you how to insert and remove the device, as well as general maintenance and care.

Calibration Visit

During these visits, Dr. Davidian will monitor the position of the device and follow up on your sleep apnea.

Dr. Davidian’s Approach

Dr. Davidian uses state-of-the-art technology to treat your sleep apnea. Physiologic Aesthetics put a patient’s physiology into the equation. Dr Davidian, a Fellow in Neuromuscular Dentistry, uses a K-7 Evaluation system in order to capture a positive physiologic position of a patient’s lower jaw. This position is then transferred to the patient’s night appliance.

The Physiologic Night Appliance is worn during sleep to move the lower jaw forward, thus keeping the airway open and allowing for normal breathing.

Dr. Davidian customizes these devices to each patient, resulting in superior comfort and quality.

Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). A custom-fit oral sleep appliance can improve your sleep, restore your alertness and revitalize your health.

Worn only during sleep, an oral appliance fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. It supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway.

Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

 

Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral appliance therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment that fits easily into your lifestyle. More than 100 oral appliances have received FDA clearance.

Our patients like oral appliance therapy because it is:

  • Comfortable
  • Easy to wear
  • Quiet
  • Portable
  • Convenient for travel
  • Easy to care for

 

Dr. Davidian’s Approach

Dr. Davidian uses state-of-the-art technology to treat your sleep apnea. Physiologic Aesthetics put a patient’s physiology into the equation. Dr Davidian, a Fellow in Neuromuscular Dentistry, uses a K-7 Evaluation system in order to capture a positive physiologic position of a patient’s lower jaw. This position is then transferred to the patient’s night appliance.

The Physiologic Night Appliance is worn during sleep to move the lower jaw forward, thus keeping the airway open and allowing for normal breathing.

Dr. Davidian customizes these devices to each patient, resulting in superior comfort and quality.