A Personal Note From Dr. Jeppson:
“I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2018 and getting it treated has changed my life. I feel like I got my life back, and I love seeing my patients go through the same “revival”. 80% of the people who have sleep apnea go undiagnosed.”
Common Red Flags for OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea):
Common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include snoring, daytime fatigue, morning headaches, gasping while sleeping, daytime sleepiness, dry mouth upon waking and “brain fog,” among others.
Common Chronic Health Concerns Linked to OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea):
Common health concerns linked to OSA include anxiety, depression, irritability, hypertension, stroke, heart attack, diabetes, memory loss, dementia, weight gain, metabolic syndrome, adult asthma and acid reflux, among others.
If you are wondering about whether you have sleep apnea, get tested. It’s the only way to know. Most of the symptoms are subjective, meaning you can only compare what you are experiencing to what you know. A home sleep test can truly measure your sleep and help you get diagnosed, and then treated if needed.
Home Sleep Tests
We can help. We have sleep tests that we can send home with you. They are easy to use and bring back. Once they are returned, we plug them in and download your data to a sleep physician (MD) who will read your test and give you a diagnosis.
Included with the cost of the home sleep test is a consult with a sleep expert, a 3D scan of your airway, and an exam of your airway with our dentist. Dr. Jeppson will use the data collected, along with your home sleep test results to provide you with the best options to treat your sleep apnea.
So I Have Sleep Apnea. Now What?
If you are diagnosed with OSA (obstructive sleep apnea), it does not mean that you are doomed to a CPAP. If your diagnosis is mild or moderate OSA (about 80% of cases), you can be treated with an oral appliance. That is where we come in. At the end of you sleep consult, we will run through your best options, if treatment is needed.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep breathing disorder caused by obstruction of the airway while you sleep, which repeatedly stops your normal breathing habits. The body’s natural reaction to this is to wake you up to breath so your brain can get the oxygen it needs. This causes restlessness, fatigue, headaches and other symptoms that may lead to more serious and chronic health problems, ultimately reducing your quality of life.
Why Choose a Dentist for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
The back of the mouth and throat constitute the upper portion of your airway. As doctors who specialize in oral health, dentists have the opportunity to view and assess this segment of your airway, which is key in OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea). This unique position is critical when identifying symptoms and conditions linked to sleep apnea and when providing treatment. We can also help fit you with an oral appliance to treat your sleep apnea.
Why Sleep Apnea?
Many people do not know they have sleep apnea, believing that snoring, interrupted sleep and lethargy are a normal part of their sleep habits. This subjective belief prevents them from seeking treatment, sometimes for years on end or until they have a health crisis that could have been avoided by treating the OSA earlier.
At Jeppson Dental, we provide an easy sleep apnea quiz, which rates your symptoms for sleep apnea and determines the likelihood that you have this condition.
If you suspect you have sleep apnea, the next step is diagnosis. Our team will work with a sleep physician to ensure that your sleep condition is accurately diagnosed. We are happy to provide a sleep consultation, which includes an oral exam with our dentist, a 3D scan of your airway, and a home sleep test, which is sent to a sleep physician for diagnosis after it is complete. If you are found to have sleep apnea and have been diagnosed, Dr. Joe Jeppson can then provide treatment.
Sleep apnea….could a middle aged slender woman have it?
I was shocked and elated to receive a diagnosis of moderate sleep apnea after completing a home sleep study. My SomnoMed mouth guard has literally changed my life. I look forward to bedtime and rarely wake with a morning headache. My daily energy has increased and night time anxiety non existent. I fall into REM sleep which has allowed me to dream again and my migraine headaches have significantly decreased. My overall quality of sleep and life has drastically improved. I am happier, more productive and enjoy life, which is priceless.
Thank you Dr. Jeppson for your concern, care and compassion. Thank you for giving me my life back. SomnoMed mouth guard…..WORTH.EVERY.PENNY.
– Julie S.
Learn more about sleep dentistry and sleep apnea in Provo, Utah, by calling our dental office at 801-356-7701 today.