8912 Town and Country Cir.
Knoxville, TN 37923

Snoring Relief and Sleep Apnea Therapy

Are you tired, stressed out, and moody because of interrupted sleep? Sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing stops for periods of 10 seconds or longer, can interrupt deep sleep that makes people feel rested. Non-surgical dental appliances have proven more effective than surgery for many sleep apnea patients. Our team at Cornerstone Dental Arts is here to help patients enjoy a much more relaxed and soothing sleep.

What is Sleep Apnea?

When a sleeping person stops breathing for 10 or more seconds, they have “apnea.” OSAS, or obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, is one type of sleep apnea. Lack of adequate breath during sleep reduces airflow, causing the brain to tell the body to wake up and breathe. In some cases, sleep apnea patients only move into a lighter stage of sleep, while other times, patients wake completely.

What’s the Problem?

Many factors may contribute to airway blockage, from the size of passages and oral or airway structures, to swelling of passageways or position of the tongue. Disrupted deep sleep can affect mood, health, and cause daytime sleepiness. The added stress and fatigue can cause lack of concentration, loss of memory, and accidents in the workplace or while driving. Other health risks include high blood pressure and heart problems, and even a risk of premature death. The sleep apnea patient’s snores can disturb a sleeping partner’s rest, too.

Non-Surgical Sleep Apnea Therapies

A few tests can determine whether you suffer from OSAS, and non-surgical therapies may alleviate the problem. A nasal mask (cPAP) can deliver air to keep nasal passages open during sleep. Even more effective, patients may now wear dental appliances that reposition the tongue or mandible (lower jawbone). A Swedish study showed that the anterior mandibular positioning dental device (AMP) is actually more effective than surgical therapies. The same study stated that adverse health effects and appliance repairs were rare.

According to experts, sleep apnea frequently goes underdiagnosed, and though more men than women suffer from it, women are clearly also at risk.  If some of these telltale symptoms sound relevant to you, a good first step may be to take this quick questionnaire and see how you rate on the "Epworth Sleepiness Scale".  

 Click here to print the questionnaire.

If your results are 1-6: you are getting enough sleep.  But, if your results are 7-8 you are borderline, and could likely benefit from a dental sleep appliance, but you man not necessarily need a sleep study.  If your results are 9 or above, we recommend that you talk to your doctor, seek advice from a sleep specialist, and/or Contact our Knoxville, TN office today to schedule an initial appointment.  Cornerstone Dental Arts works closely with the local Knoxville sleep centers. A custom dental sleep device may be all that is needed to help improve your quality of life. It’s just another way that we help make people smile! 

8912 Town and Country Cir., Knoxville, TN 37923 USA
Dr. Daniel Anderson Knoxville TN dentist (865) 531-7117 (865) 690-2272