Sleep Apnea Park City, UT
What is it and how can it affect me?
Sleep disordered breathing encompasses everything from Snoring to full blown Sleep Apnea. It is important to note that not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, and not everyone with sleep apnea is snoring or making loud noises when sleeping. Also of importance is understanding sleep disordered breathing conditions of varying severity “in between” snoring and apnea, such as Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS), and Hypopnea. These conditions can still have a significant impact on a persons quality of sleep and as a result health and well being.
Apnea is commonly categorized as mild, moderate or severe based on standardized perameters. We now understand that patients with sleep study scores that fall below the “mild” apnea classification can still be falling victim to symptoms which are having a negative impact on their day to day lives.
Common signs and symptoms can include waking up with headaches, excessive clenching/grinding and tooth wear, daytime sleepiness, impaired brain function, mood disorders, diabetes, high blood pressure, reflux, heart conditions and increase risk for stoke. When severe enough, the research tells us Sleep Disordered Breathing can cut a persons remaining years of life in HALF!
One in THREE adult males and one in FIVE adult females suffer from sleep apnea. It affects people of all shapes and sizes and although excess weight can be a contributor, it is not the only factor. There is a common misconception that apnea solely affect obese males, but the reality is that we find it frequently in thin health conscious females. There is a strong argument that every adult should be screened with an in lab or at home study, but certainly any person identified with risk factors should be tested.
How can I know if I have it?
At Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry in Park City Dr. Paul Peterson and his team screen every patient for signs that may indicate a need to investigate further. This includes a Mallampati evaluation, Epiworth sleepiness form completion, bed partner survey and a review of your health history with personal discussion for common symptoms that accompany Sleep Disordered Breathing.
When risk factors are identified, we then discuss options for obtaining a more concrete diagnosis. This may involve a polysomnogram (PSG) sleep study performed in a sleep lab, or sometimes a diagnostic home sleep test (HST) done on a Medibyte home recorder. In the later scenario the test in done in your home with a sophisticated system and the results are sent to a Sleep Physician for interpretation and diagnosis with recommendations for treatment. Every person and situation is unique and Dr. Peterson and his team will take the time to help you determine the best course of action your unique individual situation.
How we treat snoring and sleep disordered breathing
After an objective diagnosis is achieved, a customized treatment plan is made for each patient. This may involve positional therapy, referrals to other health care specialists, myofunctional therapy, development of the maxilla (upper jaw) though forward thinking orthodontic techniques, using Nightlase for rejuvenation of the collagen in the tissues of the back of the throat using our amazing Fotona Lightwalker ATS Er:Yag LASER, or a physiologic approach to making a MAD (mandibular advancement appliance,) all to help the patient maintain a healthy airway as they sleep at night.
How do I know who to look to for help?
The most advanced education in treating Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) without the use of a C-PAP machine is happening at The Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies. LVI has long been at the forefront of advancement and innovation in the field of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). Studies released in 2016 show results comparable to PAP machines with Micro02 oral appliances when records are taken with K-7 myomonitors and a neuromuscular approach as taught at LVI and used by Dr. Peterson. We understand that there is a 85% correlation between those that present with the conditions associated with TMD and those that suffer from SDB. Often times the same things that happened to a pt causing their predisposition to TMD are the reasons the suffer form SDB. This unique understanding has allowed LVI to develop the most advanced and successful methods for helping suffers of SDB.
Dr. Paul Peterson is a Fellow with LVI. An honor he earned after hundreds of hours of continuing education and passing a rigorous exam to test his complete understanding of the principles of successful treatment. His unique training and understanding will help you achieve the best results available. Come in for a consultation or send in that bed partner keeping you awake at night, you won’t be disappointed!