Sleep Apnea Education

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Klooster Family Dentistry is passionate about educating our patients and the Holly Springs community about sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that usually goes undiagnosed. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to stroke, heart attack, type 2 diabetes, and more. A staggering 81% of individuals who suffer from sleep apnea are undiagnosed.

Sleep apnea goes undiagnosed because:

  • Patients lack education about signs, symptoms, and risk factors
  • Sleep apnea and snoring are often confused
  • Individuals aren’t aware of the long-term risks when untreated
  • Testing options aren’t readily available
  • People perceive sleep apnea as an issue that only affects men and heavier set individuals

Our mission is to educate patients about sleep apnea testing, diagnosis, and treatment options. Our experience has found that when a person can improve their sleep, they can improve every facet of their life. Your overall health relies on getting a good night’s sleep.

We treat sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy.

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Book a Free Consult in Holly Springs

Klooster Family Dentistry is passionate about educating our patients and the Holly Springs community about sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that usually goes undiagnosed. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to stroke, heart attack, type 2 diabetes, and more. A staggering 81% of individuals who suffer from sleep apnea are undiagnosed.

Sleep apnea goes undiagnosed because:

  • Patients lack education about signs, symptoms, and risk factors
  • Sleep apnea and snoring are often confused
  • Individuals aren’t aware of the long-term risks when untreated
  • Testing options aren’t readily available
  • People perceive sleep apnea as an issue that only affects men and heavier set individuals

Our mission is to educate patients about sleep apnea testing, diagnosis, and treatment options. Our experience has found that when a person can improve their sleep, they can improve every facet of their life. Your overall health relies on getting a good night’s sleep.

We treat sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy.

Dental hygienist speaking with a patient

Overview of Sleep Apnea

There are a few different types of sleep apnea, including:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
  • Central sleep apnea (CSA)
  • Complex sleep apnea

OSA is the most widespread type of sleep apnea. It occurs when the throat muscles relax and block the airway. This prevents oxygen from passing through and prohibits breathing, creating apnea events at night. Oral appliance therapy is an FDA-approved treatment option for OSA.

Impact of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can impact your day-to-day life.

You may experience:

  • Loud snoring preventing you from sharing a bed with a partner
  • Poor sleep
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Difficult concentrating
  • Stroke

Sleep apnea can also lead to serious health conditions.

Patients with sleep apnea have an increased risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that a professional should evaluate and treat. The right treatment can improve your quality of life and help prevent long-term health risks.

Sleep Apnea Risk Factors

It’s important to understand what risk factors put you at higher likelihood of developing sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can be caused by several factors, which ultimately obstruct the airways and create sleep apnea events while you sleep. These factors can contribute to the condition over time.

Sleep apnea affects your whole body

The most common risk factors for sleep apnea are:

  • Large neck circumference
  • Excess weight
  • High blood pressure
  • Heavy alcohol and tobacco use
  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Gender (men or women after menopause)
  • Older age
  • Sedative use
  • Medical conditions such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and chronic lung diseases

You may have sleep apnea if you have one or more of these risk factors. Completing a sleep study can fully diagnose the extent of your condition.

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Sleep Apnea Signs and Symptoms

Understanding common sleep apnea signs and symptoms is one of the best ways to determine if it's worth being seen by a certified sleep professional, such as Dr. Klooster.

Here are common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea:

  • Snoring
  • Grinding & Clenching
  • Gasping
  • Choking
  • Fatigue
  • Morning headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Poor sleep
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat
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These signs and symptoms are key indicators of sleep apnea. Still, only a sleep study can fully gather the necessary information for a sleep professional to diagnose your sleep condition accurately. If you haven’t completed a sleep study in the last year, our team will walk you through how to complete an at-home sleep test.

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If any of these signs, symptoms, or risk factors sound like your personal experience, we encourage you to schedule a consultation. Dr. Klooster can also help explain the testing, diagnosis, and treatment process for sleep apnea.

Call our office today to schedule your consultation in Holly Springs.

What Sleep Apnea Treatments Does Klooster Family Dentistry Offer?

We use oral appliance therapy as a sleep apnea treatment. This approach offers a CPAP alternative that allows our providers to use their dental expertise to treat sleep apnea right at the source. Oral devices gently reposition the jaw to allow your airway to function fully, addressing symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. We use the Respire Oral Appliance to meet your anatomical needs. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.

What Is an Oral Sleep Appliance?

An oral sleep appliance is a custom-made device that fits like a retainer in the mouth. It works by gently repositioning your lower jaw forward to open up your airway and prevent it from collapsing during sleep. This helps ensure that you get sufficient oxygen during the night and can rest peacefully without interruption.

Oral appliances are easy to wear and comfortable to use. They're small enough to fit inside your pocket or purse when not in use, so they're perfect for travelers who need their device on-the-go! Additionally, they don't make any noise while you sleep, so no one else in your bed will be disturbed by them either.

An oral sleep appliance

How Does it Work?

Here at Klooster Family Dentistry we use the top-of-the-line Respire Oral Appliance to help treat the symptoms of sleep apnea in our patients in Holly Springs, Apex, and Raleigh. The Respire Oral Appliance is designed to treat snoring and sleep apnea by gently positioning your lower jaw slightly forward while you sleep. This helps prevent your airway from becoming blocked during the night and keeps you breathing normally so that you can get a good night's rest.

What All Does It Treat?

SLEEP APNEA

Maintain an open airway during sleep.

SNORING

Reduce airway obstruction and snoring.

GRINDING

Prevent your teeth from grinding at night.

Why Patients Choose Respire Oral Appliance vs. CPAP

  • Convenience: Oral appliances often win over CPAP machines in terms of portability and ease of cleaning, making them a convenient choice.
  • Comfort: Ditch the bothersome masks and tubes of a CPAP machine by opting for a more user-friendly oral appliance for a better night's sleep.
  • Compliance: The most effective treatment is the one you'll stick to. Reflect on which option aligns with your lifestyle and ensures consistent usage to achieve the desired results.

Our Patients Love Their Oral Sleep Appliance

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"Now I wake up refreshed, full of energy and the snoring is gone! I’m so grateful Dr. Klooster offered this service at his office, and I didn’t have to go the other route of getting a giant CPAP machine.”
– Andres
"Now I wake up refreshed, full of energy and the snoring is gone! I’m so grateful Dr. Klooster offered this service at his office, and I didn’t have to go the other route of getting a giant CPAP machine.”
– Andres
"My former dentist did not offer sleep apnea treatment or oral appliances, so I decided to move all my dental work over to Dr. Klooster. I was worried about the whole insurance process, but Klooster’s office handled everything. It was so simple, all I had to do was come in for the first consultation and then when they tested the fit. An unintended result of the oral appliance is that it kept me from grinding and clenching my teeth - I used to wake up with headaches - and since using this I’ve had no headaches in the morning. My jaws are no longer sore – I wasn’t even looking for that but I’ll take it!”
– Greg
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"My former dentist did not offer sleep apnea treatment or oral appliances, so I decided to move all my dental work over to Dr. Klooster. I was worried about the whole insurance process, but Klooster’s office handled everything. It was so simple, all I had to do was come in for the first consultation and when they tested the fit. An unintended result of the oral appliance is that it kept me from grinding and clenching teeth - I used to wake up with headaches - and since using this I’ve had no headaches in the morning. My jaws are no longer sore – I wasn’t even looking for that but I’ll take it!”
– Greg

Frequently Asked Questions About Oral Sleep Appliances

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