When patients are given the diagnosis that they have sleep apnea, they're either put on a CPAP or we provide them with an oral appliance. The comments that are always made: 'I'm so thankful,' 'I can sleep better,' 'I get up,' 'I have more energy,' 'I'm able to remember during the daytime,' 'I don't have the pain I had during the daytime or at night.' Because now they're getting quality sleep. They're getting restful sleep. Their bodies are repairing themselves. Their metabolism changes. So now they're able to lose weight. It's just a cascade of positive, positive comments and positive outlooks on what being able to treat sleep apnea does for the health of the patient. We're not just treating you and letting you go. You will always have a home to come back to if you have any issues or concerns at all.
I also want to mention that sleep apnea is not just for an adult disease. Sleep apnea involves children, and we do take care of children. We have referral systems out to local ENTs, to local orthodontists. Classic signs for parents to look out for: if they're bed wetters, if the child snores, if the child grinds their teeth, and if their tonsils are present, there is a very, very high likelihood that that child has sleep apnea, which will then affect them emotionally, intellectually, physically, growth-wise as well. So it's really, we try to be there in the very beginning from 2-year-olds up to 99-year-olds, because it's a disease that can affect everybody.
If you feel that you have sleep apnea or you've been diagnosed with sleep apnea and cannot tolerate your CPAP, please contact us at our sleep center over at the Hamburg office, the TMJ and Sleep Dentistry Center of Central Kentucky, and we'd be happy to take care of you, answer any questions you may have. I oftentimes will also do teledentistry regarding our sleep patients. They have questions. They don't need to necessarily come into the office, but I can answer their questions virtually.
Sleep apnea in Lexington not only prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep, it affects your overall health too. Research has linked it to serious health conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. Fortunately, you can get treatment from Dr. Trish Takacs, a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, at Sleep Better Lexington.
Your sleep apnea treatment will:
- Allow you to sleep soundly through the night
- Keep your airway open as you snooze so your breathing won’t be interrupted
- Eliminate snoring so the rest of your household sleeps better too
- Improve your focus so you can get more done during the day
- Reduce your risk of conditions linked to apnea
If you’re ready to get a better night’s rest, call Sleep Better Lexington at 859-721-2072 today to schedule an appointment.
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At Beaumont Family Dentistry, we also go a little above and beyond just your typical 'this is your medical questionnaire.' What kind of health conditions do you have? What are your dental concerns? This, that, and the other. I'm on a journey of educating myself on how important sleep is. And I started this journey probably 15 years ago. What shocked me when I first started reading about them and hearing about them, that anybody that's diagnosed with any type of apnea will not live as long as they could because it's not being treated. And sleep apnea is a disease, and sleep apnea can cause a multitude of medical problems over and above just heart attacks – dying, stroke, this, that, and the other, but dementia.
We have, because of this, my journey has led to opening up a sleep center at our Hamburg location. And we do take care of patients that have sleep apnea diagnosed by a physician. If they cannot wear a CPAP, then we provide the option which is an oral appliance to help treat the sleep apnea.
So it's life-changing. We can do more than just provide good dentistry, great, exceptional dentistry; we can also save people's lives by providing them the opportunity to refer them for further treatment or further screening for sleep apnea.
Until recently, sleep apnea treatment usually involved a CPAP machine, which keeps your airway open while you sleep with a stream of pressurized air. In 2006, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine included oral appliances as a first line of therapy for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. An appliance gently moves your jaw into a position that keeps your airway open.
Many sleep apnea sufferers find appliances:
- Less Invasive – Without a face mask or tubing, many people find an appliance less restricting and more comfortable than a CPAP.
- More Convenient – An appliance doesn’t need electricity or a battery, so you can use it anywhere. It’s easier to transport too since it fits in a pocket or purse.
Dr. Takacs will have you fill out a complimentary questionnaire to see if you have sleep apnea symptoms. If your questionnaire indicates a possibility that you suffer from apnea, she will arrange for you to go to the trusted sleep clinic she partners with for a sleep test. In some cases, you may be able to do a sleep test in the privacy of your home. Once you get a definitive diagnosis, she can prescribe the appropriate treatment based on the severity of your apnea.
With her training and expertise, Dr. Takacs will determine the right sleep apnea solutions for you. To schedule a consultation to discuss sleep apnea in Lexington, call 859-721-2072 today.