Sleep Apnea Southside Indianapolis, IN

Sleep Apnea & Snoring An Overview

Sleep apnea and sleep-disordered breathing are growing health concerns affecting millions of patients nationwide. In addition to the impact on your ability to feel well-rested, sleep disorders can also increase your risk for major health issues including sudden stroke and heart attack.

Dr. Carole Thoman has advanced training in dental sleep medicine and is committed to helping patients identify their risk for sleep apnea and get the appropriate medical diagnosis and treatment. She works with local physicians who can coordinate a sleep study to thoroughly analyze your symptoms and recommend the most appropriate way to treat them and to minimize associated health risks.

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What are the signs of sleep apnea?

Although snoring is the most commonly recognized sign of a sleep disorder, all snoring is not indicative of sleep apnea and there is a range of other symptoms that patients should be aware of, including:

  • Feeling groggy in the morning, tired throughout the day
  • Dry mouth upon waking
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability, moodiness

There are also important risk factors for sleep apnea and understanding your own risk can help you to seek treatment early and avoid complex problems. These can include:

  • Being male
  • Diabetic
  • Hypertensive, high blood pressure
  • Being overweight, obese
  • Large neck circumference

Dr. Thoman will also look for common oral signs of a sleep disorder such as large tonsils and worn teeth. These and other risk factors can allow the soft tissue at the back of the throat to collapse when asleep, causing both snoring and in sleep apnea, the momentary cessation of normal breathing. The best way to minimize experiencing the detrimental effects of a sleep disorder is to discuss your risk factors and concerns during routine dental visits.

Sleep Apnea & Snoring What to Expect

Treatment for sleep apnea will depend on the severity of your symptoms and your overall physical health condition. Factors such as existing cardiovascular or systemic disease, family history of sleep apnea and medications prescribed are taken into consideration.

The CPAP has long been the gold standard for treating sleep apnea and remains the most effective means of addressing severe cases. For mild to moderate diagnoses, Dr. Thoman offers oral appliance therapy. This is the daily use of a mouthguard like device that is designed to reposition the jaw and prevent soft tissues at the back of the throat from collapsing, which leads to loud snoring and the cessation of breathing throughout sleep.

Oral appliance therapy may also be recommended for a patient that is intolerant of the CPAP. This option offers convenient, comfortable treatment for the symptoms of sleep apnea. Most patients tolerate it with ease and are more likely to wear the appliance nightly. Regular use is the key to restoring your health and reducing snoring.

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Why choose Paradox Dental?

Paradox Dental is your Southside Indianapolis area dental home for the complete care of your oral health. Dr. Carole and Dr. Robin Thoman offer patients of all ages individualized care for the maintenance of a healthy smile and advanced treatment options for complex needs and cosmetic concerns.

Our team approach to your dentistry means comprehensive evaluation and care under one roof. From mercury-free dentistry to oral surgery and implant dentistry, Drs. Thoman are dedicated to helping you achieve a smile that is comfortable, functional and beautiful.