Payson Dental and Orthodontics
General Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Payson, UT
If you’re like 22 million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea, impaired breathing may negatively affect your quality of life. At Payson Dental and Orthodontics in West Payson, Utah, board-certified general and cosmetic dentist Brian Kraft, DDS, and his team can expand your airway with Vivos® technology to treat sleep apnea. Schedule an appointment with Payson Dental and Orthodontics over the phone or online to learn more about noninvasive sleep apnea treatment options.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Q&A
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that affects the way you breathe when you sleep. It’s a sleep disorder that causes you to repeatedly start and stop breathing throughout the night. Sleep apnea is often caused by airway obstruction. For example, your tongue might roll back in your throat or an improper bite may narrow your airway.
A sleep physician can diagnose sleep apnea. The Payson Dental and Orthodontics team helps reduce airway obstruction to improve your sleep and overall quality of life.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea can present as one or more of the following signs and symptoms:
- Waking up with a sore or dry throat
- Extreme daytime drowsiness
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Morning headaches
- Gasping for air during sleep
If you have sleep apnea, your partner might notice episodes in which you stop breathing periodically while you sleep. The condition can negatively affect your quality of life and be dangerous.
What are the risk factors for sleep apnea?
While anybody can develop sleep apnea, the following factors increase your risk of developing it:
- A narrowed airway
- Excess body weight
- Being male
- Family history of sleep apnea
- Older age
- Smoking or drinking alcohol
- Using sedatives
While sleep apnea is more common among older adults, it can also be a major problem for children. If a doctor diagnoses obstructive sleep apnea in yourself or your child, based on symptoms, a physical exam, or sleep studies, the Payson Dental and Orthodontics team offers solutions.
How is sleep apnea treated?
Dr. Kraft and his expert team evaluate your breathing and airway. They use epigenetic orthodontics to expand your airway and improve breathing.
Dr. Kraft is a certified Vivos provider and uses the technology to design an oral device that improves the position of your tongue or jaw, which optimizes airflow while you sleep. Oral devices can relieve mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea. The appliance fits over your teeth, prevents blockages, and keeps your airway open.
The Payson Dental and Orthodontics team makes sure your oral device fits properly to optimize results. Attending follow-up appointments with Dr. Kraft allows him to reassess sleep apnea signs and symptoms and make adjustments to your appliance if necessary.
Don’t live with the unpleasant symptoms associated with sleep apnea when simple treatments are available at Payson Dental and Orthodontics. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today.