Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Springfield

Along with disrupting your sleep and that of everyone around you, snoring may signify a more severe sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. The sleep condition affects more than 20 million American adults today. At General Dentistry & Orthodontics, Dr. Hadithi offers non-invasive, effective sleep apnea treatment to patients in Springfield and surrounding areas. We provide customized, comfortable sleep apnea appliances for non-invasive treatment.

Whether you're just starting to notice the signs of sleep apnea or struggling with a CPAP machine and seeking an alternative, our team is here for you. Dr. Hadithi is passionate about helping people find effective, comfortable relief through sleep apnea appliances, and is ready to put her years of experience to work for you. Schedule your consultation and take the next step toward a better sleeping experience today!


What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when a person stops breathing for several seconds during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea. It occurs when the soft palate and tongue collapse into the airway during sleep, blocking airflow. The body then forces you awake briefly to regain your airflow, though you likely won't be aware of waking. Sleep apnea disrupts your sleep patterns, and you will wake up feeling lethargic and tired.

OSA can significantly affect both long-term and short-term physical and mental health if left untreated. Other symptoms associated with sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Gasping or choking sounds at night
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Intense morning headaches
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Teeth grinding
  • Broken or worn teeth
  • Forgetfulness
  • Inflamed or receding gums
  • Increased cavities
  • Sore or red throat
  • Dry mouth

What Does Sleep Apnea Treatment In Springfield Involve?

Dentists are often the first medical professional to notice signs of sleep apnea, as many symptoms appear in the mouth the longer it goes untreated. Initially, Dr. Hadithi will conduct a thorough exam and provide questionnaires to evaluate whether you may have sleep apnea. She can then recommend a sleep study if sleep apnea seems likely. Once your diagnosis is confirmed after a sleep study, Dr. Hadithi will discuss the different treatment options that largely depend on your health and the exact diagnosis. We offer custom oral appliances to help alleviate your sleep apnea comfortably and conveniently.

Oral Appliance Therapy

sleep apnea treatment in Springfield, VASleep apnea appliances are an excellent option for people who have difficulty handling CPAP machines. Oral appliances help in treating mild to moderate OSA or chronic snoring. These oral appliances are customized to provide the best fit and comfort, and they keep your airway open while you sleep. The two main types of appliance work by either adjusting the jaw position forward slightly or holding the tongue in place. Both keep the soft tissues from collapsing into the airway, thus preventing obstruction.

At General Dentistry & Orthodontics, Dr. Hadithi will assess your mouth, temporomandibular joints, and teeth to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for these treatment options. If you are, we will create a model of your teeth and use these models to craft oral appliances that are ideal for your mouth. Proper fitting is essential because incorrectly fitted sleep apnea appliances may cause jaw damage. Dr. Hadithi takes special care in designing your appliance so that it provides you with optimal benefits without putting strain on your jaw or bite.

Dr. Hadithi will work closely with you to ensure your sleep apnea appliances work effectively and alleviate your symptoms. Although the devices can seem uncomfortable initially, most users quickly adjust. Routine monitoring and continued use will help you get the best results from your sleep apnea treatment in Springfield.

How Does Sleep Apnea Impact Health?

When left untreated, sleep apnea tends to worsen over time. Patients can experience memory loss because of excessive daytime fatigue or have a higher probability of accidents. Obstructive sleep apnea can increase the risks of other chronic medical conditions that can affect your mental and physical health. Some of these diseases include:

  • Type II diabetes
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Acid reflux
  • Liver issues
  • Erectile dysfunction

If you experience symptoms of sleep apnea, you should seek treatment immediately. With our effective sleep apnea appliances in Springfield offered by Dr. Hadithi, you can enjoy your rest for the whole night and get relief from irritability, restlessness, and other effects of OSA. You can also protect yourself from developing these long-term diseases.

Get Quality Sleep Apnea Treatment in Springfield

If you or your loved one suffers from sleep apnea, you should seek medical treatment immediately. At General Dentistry & Orthodontics, we offer personalized sleep apnea treatment in Springfield. Our dentists will help you find the relief you deserve through removable sleep apnea appliances. We will work closely with you to provide a treatment option customized to your needs so that you can start enjoying a good night's sleep and enhance your performance in your everyday activities. Contact our office today and set up your appointment to discuss how we can help you enjoy a better night's rest.