Sleep apnea, specifically obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a growing health concern among Americans today, with thousands of new cases diagnosed monthly. There are a wide range of causes and risk factors for sleep apnea, many of which can be recognized and treated by a highly trained dentist with oral appliance therapy. Charlotte NC dentist Dr. Richard Van Gurp has dedicated many hours to advanced post graduate education and has become a leading local dentist for the comprehensive management of snoring and sleep apnea.
Common Signs of Sleep Apnea
There are a few common symptoms of sleep apnea that should be addressed as soon as possible to avoid greater health risks such as stroke and heart attack. They can include:
- Snoring or gasping for air while sleeping
- Feeling tired or groggy in the morning, despite enough hours of “rest”
- Difficulty concentrating, feeling sleepy during the day
- Irritability, depression
- Restless sleep, frequent waking during the night
Recognizing these symptoms and seeking treatment can often be a life saver- sleep apnea has been linked to an increased risk for cardiovascular and systemic related disease. Understanding your own risk factors for a sleep related disorder is also important.
Visit our website dedicated to Dr. Van Gurp’s sleep apnea treatment for additional information on risk factors.
Treating OSA in Charlotte
Dr. Van Gurp provides custom oral sleep appliances for patients who are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or primary snoring. This is an alternative to the CPAP and the preferred treatment option for many patients who do not have a severe sleep disorder.
An oral appliance will be custom made, fitting much like a sports mouth guard for convenient and discreet treatment of your sleep apnea. Patients can often drink fluids and speak easily while it is in place and do not feel embarrassed about wearing it during sleep. Comfortable and portable, sleep appliances often enjoy a much better compliance rate among patients, a key factor in the reduction of health risks related to OSA.
Schedule A Complimentary Consultation
Do you or your partner snore? Are you experiencing any of the common symptoms of sleep apnea? If you are concerned that you may have a sleep related disorder such as OSA, contact our Charlotte dentist office to schedule a complimentary sleep apnea consultation with Dr. Van Gurp. He will discuss your medical history, concerns and lifestyle habits that may indicate a possible sleep disorder. We offer both in home and laboratory sleep tests to determine if you have obstructive sleep apnea and can benefit from oral appliance therapy. Contact us at (704) 746-3160 or request an appointment online.