Many people are unaware they have sleep apnea - all they know is that they snore. Not all people who snore have sleep apnea, but all sleep apnea patients snore. Therefore, snoring is not a condition that should be overlooked. Sleep apnea occurs when your airway becomes blocked by your tongue, surrounding muscles, and tissue while you sleep.
Some signs and symptoms of sleep apnea that you could experience include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you could have sleep apnea. We work closely with you, your primary care physician, and/or sleep physician to help you sleep soundly and feel rested once again.
To be officially diagnosed with sleep apnea, you will need to be seen by your primary care or sleep physician. They will then order an overnight sleep study. Once you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Iregui will work closely with you and your health care team to determine what the best solution is for you.
We DO NOT use a virtual or offsite sleep physician. We work directly with your health care team, such as your primary care and sleep physician and any specialist who is treating a chronic illness. Dentists should not and legally cannot diagnose your snoring and sleep apnea.
Common treatments for sleep apnea include:
Have you already unsuccessfully tried sleeping with a CPAP device? At SoundBridge, we offer oral appliances as a comfortable alternative.
Many patients compare our comfortable oral appliances to wearing a retainer or night guard.
43% of patients with mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea have hypertension. 69% of patients with severe OSA suffer as well.
65% of stroke patients have a sleep breathing disorder.
People with mild to severe sleep apnea have a 15x increased chance of getting into a car accident.
We are excited to have an in-house dentist who focuses solely on treating patients affected by sleep apnea. Dr. Iregui understands how a lack of sleep can affect your daily life and is dedicated to finding a solution that works for you. She attends many hours of continuing education each year so she can offer the best and most innovative treatments for our patients. Dr. Iregui is also working towards becoming a diplomat with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.