Don’t Suffer From Sleep Apnea in Lexington, KY
Sleep apnea 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 the TMJ and Sleep Dentistry Center of Central Kentucky.Guidance to learn more about sleep apnea Read Transcript
My feeling is if anything we can do to improve the quality of their sleep is our goal, to make sure that patients can be given the opportunity to live a long and healthy life. Sleep is very, very important, to the point of I did write a book about five years ago and it is a book on sleep apnea, The Power Principles for Success, and in this I talk about sleeping for success and why this is important. I'm in a dental group with 20-some exceptional dentists that only treat sleep apnea. We collaborated together, and we each wrote a chapter for a book that I'm proud to say, mine is called Sleep For Success, and in it are every other doctor's chapter on sleep, on the benefits of sleep, on treating sleep, anything and everything that you ever wanted to know about sleep apnea. It's a journey and it's a journey that I intend to continue even after I quit doing general dentistry. That is my life-long passion, to be able to continue to treat patients that have undiagnosed or diagnosed sleep apnea.
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.
Find Out If You Have This Sleep DisorderLife changing and saving treatment Read Transcript
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.
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.
Sleep Apnea Appliances & CPAP Improve BreathingCascade of positive changes with treatment Read Transcript
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 two 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 tele dentistry regarding our sleep patients. They have questions. They don't need to necessarily come into the office, but I can answer their questions virtually.
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.
With her training and expertise, Dr. Takacs will determine the right sleep apnea solutions for you. To schedule a consultation with her, call 859-251-5115 for new patients, or call 859-721-2072 for existing patients.