Dr. Lipscomb has completed advanced training to screen for sleep apnea. Dentists like Dr. Lipscomb are on the front line of this health crisis, and will serve as a guide to get you the treatment you need.
There are many options when it comes to choosing a dental sleep apnea appliance. Dr. Lipscomb and team have experience with many of these appliances and will help you to choose the right one for you.
Don’t know if you have apnea? Our office is trained to help screen, and set you on the right path for a true diagnosis. Since obstructive sleep apnea is one of the most under diagnosed diseases around, we will work to help you on your path.
Sleep apnea is a very dangerous disorder. In fact there are several sleep disorders that are classified by the International Classification of Sleep Disorders. Sleep apnea is characterized by stoppage of breathing during sleep. This stoppage is called an “Apnea”. These stoppages can happen up to 100 times within an hour and last 10 seconds to more than a minute at a time. The reduction in breathing can greatly reduce the body’s oxygen levels and become harmful to many areas of the body.
There are two types of sleep apnea, central and obstructive. Central apnea results when the nervous system fails to make the body breath. This type of apnea will need to be treated by a physician, but can sometimes benefit from dental appliance therapy. The other type of Sleep Apnea is Obstrutive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This apnea is characterized by airways being obstructed during sleep whether it is the tongue, nasal passages, or weight gain. Dentists can help manage Obstructive Sleep Apnea through the use of oral appliances, but for right now, the CPAP machine is the gold standard of treatment
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- Gasping for air at night
- Daytime drowsiness
- High Blood pressure
- Erectile Dysfunction
Sleep apnea has also been associated with many life threatening diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. The lack of oxygen due to lack of breathing can be very stressful on the cardiovascular system. Sleep apnea has also been linked to gastric reflux (GERD). The extreme “pumping” action of the chest and stomach region when struggling for breath can pull acid up from the stomach. Some sleep disturbances have also been linked to painful conditions such as fibromyalgia and irritable bowl syndrome
Diseases associated with Sleep Apnea
- Heart Attacks
- Gastric Reflux (GERD)
- High Blood pressure
Call Brush Up Dental today to get started, and get a better night’s sleep. 804-673-5280