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People suffering from sleep apnea can turn to Collierville dentist Dr. Ettienne Van Zyl for help. Dr. Van Zyl and his team of dental specialists can create a special oral appliance for sleep apnea patients to wear at night. This oral device has proven to be very effective at keeping the airways open while a patient sleeps, thus minimizing the risk for disruptive breathing patterns.

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Do you waken abruptly out of a sound sleep, gasping for air, choking, or snorting loudly? If so, you may suffer from sleep apnea, a condition in which you're breathing stops and starts intermittently throughout the night. Sleep apnea can leave you feeling tired throughout the day and can result in irrevocable damage to your heart, brain, and the rest of your body. Would you like to sleep more soundly and never have to worry about your breathing habits again? Sleep apnea specialist and Memphis dentist, Dr. van Zyl, can work with you to develop a treatment plan that enhances your ability to rest without interruption and improves your health.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder in which your ability to breath is compromised while you sleep. Individuals who suffer from the disorder frequently stop and start breathing while trying to achieve a state of deep relaxation. The two most common forms of sleep apnea are obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Both forms can potentially cause a patient to develop heart problems and serious health issues, due to oxygen deprivation and stresses placed on the heart. At our Memphis dental practice, Dr. van Zyl can help patient's manage their sleep apnea by using a custom-crafted oral appliance.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea - Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep disorder. It occurs when the throat muscles or tongue collapse when you relax, cutting off your ability to breathe freely. Often, with this form of sleep apnea, your airway becomes blocked, restricting your blood flow, and blocking oxygen from flowing to your heart and brain. Once the obstruction occurs, your brain will transmit a signal to your body, waking you up abruptly. Upon awakening you may gasp for air or make a sudden snorting or loud choking noise.

Man smiling because he doesn't suffer from sleep apnea anymore

Central Sleep Apnea- Unlike obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea occurs when your brain fails to transmit signals to your muscles. The signal failure restricts blood and oxygen flow and will cause an individual to awaken suddenly feeling short of breath, gasping for hair, snorting loudly, or making a choking sound.

Obstruction to your airways due to sleep apnea can occur dozens of times within a short period, which ultimately hinders your ability to achieve quality sleep. This lack of rest can have a real impact on your whole body health, as well as your energy.

Developing Sleep Apnea

Individuals who have a family history of sleep disorders are more prone to developing sleep apnea than individuals who do not. You may be at risk for developing sleep apnea, or currently suffer from sleep apnea, if you:

  • Snore loudly
  • Always feel exhausted
  • Are over the age of 65
  • Are male
  • Suffer from a medical condition, heart disorder, or have high blood pressure
  • Smoke regularly or use tobacco products
  • Drink alcohol
  • Use sedatives
  • Are obese
  • Are abnormally underweight
  • Sit for extended periods of time throughout the day
  • Have a slender airway

If you begin to experience symptoms of sleep apnea, it is important to consult with Dr. van Zyl so your condition can be examined and diagnosed before the effects take a toll on your overall health. If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause severe damage to your heart and you may develop other serious health problems like diabetes, depression, worsening of ADHA, or a stroke or heart attack.

Effectively Treating Sleep Apnea

Dr. van Zyl believes that in order for patients to achieve optimal overall health, they must first improve their oral health. For years, our team has been providing patients with the relief they need no matter the dental condition that they suffer from. Our goal is to configure a treatment plan that is tailored to the needs and specifications of your smile. If you suffer from sleep apnea, Dr. van Zyl can custom craft an oral appliance that moves the palate of your smile forward, engaging your oral muscles and increasing the muscle tone of your tongue. The appliance is not only comfortable to wear, but because it is removable, it can easily be cleaned and doesn't compromise your oral hygiene. Most importantly, it addresses the mechanisms that result in sleep apnea and allows you to rest in comfort.

Contact Dr. van Zyl Today!

If you suffer from a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, we encourage you to contact our Memphis dentist, Dr. van Zyl, today! Our team will intricately examine your medical history, family history, and dental health, then configure a treatment plan that manages your condition and helps you get the restful sleep that you deserve to have. Our office is located in Collierville and is conveniently situated for residents throughout the Memphis area.

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