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Questions About Sleep Apnea

To help you get a better understanding of sleep apnea, and understand what questions we might ask, we have put together a simple questionnaire for you. In this survey, you will see a series of questions about how likely you are to doze off during the day. Take a look:

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Our Dental Team

We’ve got exciting news! At Warrenton Dental, we are now offering services in dental sleep medicine (Don’t worry, we’ll tell you more). By providing advanced services, we can provide our patients with the best care possible for both oral and overall health. Through the completion of continuing education courses, our entire dental team has been able to prepare for these advanced services. Let’s take a look at the role of a few members of our dental team.

The Dentist

Leading the team is of course our dentist. In order to properly provide services in dental sleep medicine, such as sleep apnea treatment, Dr. Bonnie Foster had to attend seminars, lectures and other continuing education courses. Through these courses, Dr. Foster can now provide you with proper care for sleep apnea. From knowing the right questions to the signs, Dr. Foster maintains the ability to properly treat sleep apnea, so you can get a better night’s sleep. 

The Hygienist

As a partner in your health at every visit, our hygienist will be there every step of the way. Just like Dr. Bonnie Foster, our hygienist has completed continuing education to remain up-to-date with the latest advancements in dental sleep medicine. Our hygienists will ask you questions and will often notice the first signs of sleep apnea, even if you might not be aware of it yet. Seek the guidance of our hygienists to help guide you in your treatment journey.

The Office Manager

Our front desk staff and office manager will be your go-to for important information. From scheduling your appointment to asking for further information on sleep apnea, and other services, our team will work with you. Let us help you in your journey to finding a solution for your symptoms.

Contact our office today to learn more about sleep apnea and how our dental team can help you remain healthy and happy.

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Why Dental Care is Important for Sleep

It is important to get a good night’s sleep every night. In doing so, your body is restored and your mind is enlivened. And, when it comes to sleep, there is one area you might have overlooked: Dental health care. More than 18 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which means they need a good night’s sleep in order to save their lives. By visiting your dentist, you can find proper treatment options to help relieve your symptoms. Let’s take a closer look at dental care and why it is important for sleep.

The Dentist’s Role

Dentists are often the first line of defense against sleep apnea, and are the first to notice symptoms because they are in contact with their patients more frequently than the family doctor. Dr. Bonnie Foster can notice and detect the less evident symptoms of sleep apnea through asking questions and talking with you, along with an exam.

She might suspect you suffer from sleep apnea if you have complaints of lethargy, morning headaches, or dry mouth. When signs and symptoms are first noticed, dentists will send patients to sleep medicine specialists who can properly diagnose sleep apnea. If diagnosed with a sleep breathing disorder, the specialist might then refer you back to our office for treatment with oral appliance therapy.

Treatment Options

Treatment options for sleep apnea will vary depending on the severity of the disorder. If you are suffering from mild sleep apnea, simple behavioral changes such as losing weight might make all the difference. Those suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea can also be treated with oral appliance therapy. Similar to a mouth guard, an oral appliance helps to reposition the jaw and tongue to improve airflow. As with any appliance, they will require some adjusting and commitment but are easy to wear and use.

To learn more about how Dr. Bonnie Foster can help with treatment of sleep apnea, please contact our office today!

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Now Offering Sleep Apnea Services

We are excited to announce new services at our office! To continue to provide you with the care we are known to provide, we have completed continuing education in order to offer sleep apnea services.

From snoring to pauses in breathing, sleep apnea is not a disorder we should ignore. In fact, proper treatment is needed immediately. As with other diseases and conditions, there are different types of sleep apnea you might be suffering from. To help you understand sleep apnea, let’s look at the different types and stages.

The Types of Sleep Apnea

If you or a loved one suffers from sleep apnea, you might already know the side effects of not breathing while sleeping. So, let’s take a brief look at Obstructive, Central and Complex Sleep Apnea:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. It occurs when the soft tissue in the back of the throat relaxes during sleep and blocks the airway. This often causes you to snore loudly, which can be very disruptive for your bed partner.
  • Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) – Central sleep apnea is not a common type of sleep apnea. It involves the central nervous system, and occurs when the brain fails to signal the muscles that control breathing. If you suffer from central sleep apnea it is likely that you seldom snore.
  • Complex Sleep Apnea – Complex sleep apnea is a combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. It is a form of sleep apnea in which central apneas persist or emerge during attempts to treat obstructive events with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or bi-level device.

By understanding the types of sleep apnea, we can tailor appropriate treatment for you.

The Stages of Sleep Apnea

In addition to the types of sleep apnea, there are also three stages that occur as well:

  • Mild is the first stage in which patients stop breathing 5-15 times per hour.
  • Moderate involves a stoppage of breathing 16-30 times per hour.
  • Severe, which means patients’ breathing stops more than 30 times per hour.

To learn more about sleep apnea, please contact our office and we can work with you to find the right treatment option available.

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Red Nose Day

Warrenton Dental Center is proud supporter of Red Nose Day. Red Nose Day is helping to eliminate childhood poverty. Come in to see us and get your Red Nose.

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Save your teeth

It is important to plan for your children’s future. You spend money on education, extracurricular activities, and clothing. Why not invest in a healthy future for your children by banking their dental stem cells? Being prepared for your family’s future is important. Taking steps to ensure you are ready for health issues down the road can give you peace of mind. Dental Stem Cell Banking is a secure way to store your child’s baby teeth, wisdom teeth, or healthy extracted teeth. Bless your children with the best possibility for a healthy future

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