Airway dentistry focuses on the healthy development and maintenance of your airway, which can be impacted by enlarged tonsils, muscle tension in the jaw joints, bite function, and the structure of the throat and neck. Dr. Melissa Elliott and her professional team help patients with sleep apnea to open up the airway and make it easier for patients to breathe during sleep.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when a blockage to the airway, often caused by the collapse of soft tissues at the back of the throat, stops your breathing momentarily. This happens repeatedly during sleep, depriving the body and organs of oxygen. The cessation of breathing will commonly cause you to snore loudly or awaken, gasping for air. Over time, sleep apnea can increase your risk for a range of health problems.
Common signs of sleep apnea include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Dry mouth
- Chronic migraines
- Difficulty concentrating
- High blood pressure
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, call Harford County Dentistry for dental care today at (410) 994 2627.
Treating Sleep Apnea
Dr. Elliott can provide an at-home sleep study to further evaluate your sleep habits and determine if apnea is occurring. This type of sleep testing will be read and analyzed by a certified sleep physician. Based on the results of your sleep study, Dr. Elliott can work with you on an individual basis to assess your needs and obtain proper treatment.
Dr. Elliott offers oral appliance therapy for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Similar to a mouthguard, an oral appliance is designed to prevent the collapse of soft tissue at the back of the mouth by repositioning the jaw. Dr. Elliott uses dental impressions of your mouth and bite taken in-office using airway testing. This is done to minimize or eliminate sleep apnea symptoms. The sleep study can be repeated after a period of using the appliance. Dr. Elliott will look for improvements and making adjustments in your care as needed.
Request an Appointment Today
Call Harford County Dentistry for high-quality and comfortable dental care today at (410) 994 2627. You can also request an appointment with us online here.