Sleep Apnea Specialist

Savannah Dental Group

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Savannah, GA

Sleep apnea sufferers often miss out on a good night’s rest, affecting their performance at school or on the job. At Savannah Dental Group in Savannah, Georgia, Dr. Christian Patti diagnoses and treats this troublesome sleep disorder. A member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Patti offers innovative dental solutions that improve the lives of men and women who suffer from sleep apnea in and around Chatham County. To learn more, call or use the online booking tool and schedule an appointment today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

Savannah Dental Group

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea, when your upper airway gets repeatedly blocked while you sleep constricting or completely preventing airflow, is a common condition affecting millions of American men and women. Sufferers of this condition have difficulty getting enough sleep, often waking up repeatedly throughout the night.

In cases where your brain doesn’t transmit signals to breathe, the condition is called central sleep apnea.

How do I know if I have sleep apnea?

If you suffer from one or more of the following symptoms, you should consider seeking sleep apnea treatment with Dr. Patti at Savannah Dental Group:

  • Loud snoring
  • Feeling a choking or gasping sensation while sleeping
  • Insomnia
  • Constant drowsiness
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Irritability, difficulty concentrating, or depression
  • A dry mouth or a sore throat in the morning
  • Morning headaches

Since sleep apnea sufferers experience symptoms while sleeping, it’s not always easy to detect them. You often need to rely on your sleeping partner to tell you about the signs they’ve noticed.

What causes sleep apnea?

The exact cause of sleep apnea isn’t known, but risk factors can increase your likelihood of developing this condition, including age, unhealthy lifestyle habits, and genetics.

As you age, your risk for sleep apnea increases, mostly due to natural age-related changes such as how your brain controls breathing during sleep.

Some of the unhealthy lifestyle habits that can increase your risk for sleep apnea include:

  • Excessive drinking
  • Smoking tobacco products
  • Insufficient exercise
  • Being overweight or obese

Your genetics, or a family history with the condition, has also been identified as a significant risk factor for sleep apnea.

How is sleep apnea treated?

After a comprehensive physical exam to evaluate your jaw and a series of tests including specialized X-rays, Dr. Patti determines the optimal jaw position that can help open your airway during sleep and relieve your symptoms.

Using this information, Dr. Patti can order a splint, a custom-designed nighttime oral appliance, your wear while sleeping. This appliance helps you breathe normally and is not uncomfortable.

Dr. Patti may also recommend altering your sleep positions to help treat your condition.

If you aren’t getting the rest you need and suspect you may have sleep apnea, call or schedule an appointment online to learn more about treatment.