Dr. Elizabeth Duling has mastery-level training with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). She performs screenings for sleep disorders and treats sleep apnea in Owens Cross Roads, AL. Her goal is to always help restore the oral health of patients with comprehensive care.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when the soft tissues in the back of the throat collapse. When this occurs, the airway is temporarily blocked. OSA can also worsen symptoms of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Risk factors for developing sleep apnea can include diabetes, being overweight, smoking or using tobacco, and being a male over 40.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea manifests through these symptoms:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mood changes
- Breaks in breathing
- Gasping for air during sleep
- Excessive sleepiness during the day
- Chronic morning headaches
- Grinding teeth at night
If you have noticed any of these symptoms in you or a loved one, please contact our office for an appointment. Dr. Duling will take diagnostic x-rays and digital images to help determine the right treatment. Her modern technology allows her to view the dental structures and formulate a plan based on her findings.
Treat Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is a modern alternative to CPAP machines. Patients with mild forms of OSA benefit from this treatment. CPAP machines are often too loud, bulky, and uncomfortable for some patients. Oral appliances are small and portable. They are similar to other dental mouthguards that we can create with digital impressions.
We recommend oral appliances for patients with mild to moderate symptoms of sleep apnea. They are designed to reposition the jaw joint and prevent soft tissues from collapsing in the throat. Patients can drink water and speak clearly while wearing this mouthguard. Because oral appliances are easy to use, they have a higher rate of compliance and help eliminate symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.
Request a Dental Consultation Today
Fight obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance treatment. We custom-tailor appliances to each patient. Call our office at 256.202.4186 or schedule an appointment with Dr. Duling on our website.