At Hiebert Smith Dental Group, our professionals see patients on a regular basis who are in need of oral health care solutions. However, our practice offerings don’t just stop at cleanings and evaluations. We also offer a solution for a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea.
What is OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea)?
When patients are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, they may not be aware of what this sleeping disorder entails. The condition is caused by a blockage in the airway that happens when patients sleep. The blockage keeps them from being able to breath, resulting in them waking up sometimes hundreds of times a night. This cycle keeps patients from reaching the deep levels of sleep that they need to function at their best each day. Patients with this condition may “sleep” for several hours a night but never feel rested in the morning. Common signs that obstructive sleep apnea may be present include:
• Chronic headaches and migraines
• Chronic daytime fatigue
• Memory and concentration issues
• Increased depression and anxiety
• Chronic snoring as reported by sleeping partners
• Bouts of ceased breathing while sleeping
Once patients have had a sleep study and have been diagnosed by their primary physician with obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP machines are often suggested. However, these devices are often cumbersome and patients tend to avoid using them—which leaves their condition untreated. Instead, patients can work with Drs. Hiebert and Smith in Saint Helens, OR to learn about an alternative treatment called oral appliance therapy. This is the use of a special device worn in the mouth while sleeping that can keep the airways open and allow patients to breathe properly all night long.
Schedule a visit with our team today!
Do you believe you have sleep apnea? Have you been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea with a physician and believe that you could benefit from an alternative treatment to CPAP usage? If you are interested in treating your condition with oral appliance therapy and live in the area of Saint Helens, OR, we encourage you to book a consultation visit with our team of professionals at Hiebert Smith Dental Group to discuss your options. Drs. Hiebert and Smith can be reached by calling (503) 397-6144 and the office is located at 1550 Saint Helens Street. New patients and families are always welcome in their state-of-the-art dental facility.