Sleep Apnea

Rifkin Dental Group

Cosmetic Dentists & Restorative Dentists located in Sandy Springs, Atlanta, GA

Sleep apnea can cause long-term health problems but also can have a simple solution. At Rifkin Dental Group in Atlanta, Georgia, expert dentists Susan Rifkin, DDS, and Zachary Rifkin, DDS, analyze the size and shape of your airway, provide sleep tests, and make oral appliances that can improve and stop the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. Call the office or book online if you or a loved one is suffering from disruptive sleep apnea to find out more about possible solutions.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a severe sleep disorder that causes your breathing to repeatedly stop while you’re sleeping.

The most common form, obstructive sleep apnea, happens when your throat muscles, tongue, and soft palate temporarily relax too much. This closes off your airway and restricts your breathing. Your brain detects that you’re not getting enough oxygen and wakes you up to open your airway.

People with sleep apnea can wake up hundreds of times a night, not even remembering doing so. Sleep apnea interferes with your ability to fall into the deeper, restorative stages of sleep. Sleep apnea can cause loud snoring, morning headaches, and daytime sleepiness.

Other types of sleep apnea are:

Central sleep apnea

This is a communication problem between your brain and your lungs that causes your breathing to stop temporarily many times a night.

Complex sleep apnea

This is a combination of the common obstructive sleep apnea and the less common central sleep apnea.

The treatments offered at Rifkin Dental Group are most appropriate for obstructive sleep apnea.




Who is at risk of developing sleep apnea?

Why some people develop obstructive sleep apnea isn’t fully understood, but it’s associated with:

  • Aging
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Use of sedatives and alcohol
  • Allergies and nasal congestion

Sleep apnea is more common in men. Left untreated, the sleep and oxygen deprivation that happens with sleep apnea can increase your risk of chronic diseases like hypertension (high blood pressure) and side effects like infertility and daytime fatigue.


What are dental treatments for sleep apnea?

If you suspect you have sleep apnea, Rifkin Dental Group offers analysis and sleep testing to confirm a diagnosis. If you do have obstructive sleep apnea, the dentists may recommend an oral sleep appliance to help reduce your symptoms. 

Oral sleep appliances support your jaw, moving it forward position to maintain an open airway, reducing or getting rid of the symptoms of sleep apnea.

Oral appliances developed and made by a dental professional can treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. These appliances also protect your teeth and improve your sleep and overall health.

Oral appliances are often the preferred treatment for sleep apnea as they’re small and don’t intrude on your sleep the way a loud, bulky CPAP machine.

A CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine can help people with sleep apnea breathe easier as it ups the air pressure in your throat. These machines are helpful, but they’re also bulky, loud, and uncomfortable. Compared to a CPAP machine, oral dental appliances are portable, quiet, and convenient.

If your partner complains of your snoring and you experience symptoms that suggest sleep apnea, contact Rifkin Dental Group for a solution. Call today or book online to learn about sleep apnea evaluation and treatment.



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