Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea affects more than 12 million Americans, according to The National Institutes of Health. The dentists at North Pointe Dental Associates are well-versed in providing effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with cessation of breathing during sleep due to airway blockage caused by excess tissue in the throat, nose or the back of the tongue. Often, the tissue formation is genetic.

If you suffer from obstructed sleep due to sleep apnea, you may be at risk for developing a range of conditions associated with lack of quality sleep, including high blood pressure, memory and concentration loss, depression and erectile dysfunction. Drs. Pross, Kanter and Tindell offer a range of treatments that can help you overcome sleep apnea. If you suffer from a different type of sleep apnea, including central or mixed sleep apnea, our dentists will help you start the treatment process and refer you to specialists who can help.

Overcoming Sleep Apnea under Our Care

Obstructive sleep apnea is frequently treated with a specific type of dental appliance that is worn during the night to help keep the airways open. If the tongue is resting on the airway, a device is used to correct the problem. Obstructive sleep apnea can also be caused by positioning of the jaw, in which case a different type of device is used to adjust the jaw, thereby keeping the airways clear. For more complex cases, an integrated medical approach is the best option, meaning our dentists will work closely with your primary care physician, an ear, nose and throat doctor or another specialist to accurately diagnose the problem and provide the most appropriate treatment.

In some rare cases, surgery may be required to excise excess tissue that may be obstructing the airways. Drs. Pross, Kanter, B. Tindell or M. Tindell will do their best to diagnose sleep apnea and help you overcome the adverse side effects that you may be experiencing.

If you suspect sleep apnea, we encourage you to seek medical help as soon as possible. Our Tampa sleep apnea specialists will administer a range of oral exams to detect the problem. After diagnosing sleep apnea, Dr. Pross, Kanter, B. Tindell or M. Tindell will develop a treatment plan specifically tailored to your needs. Any treatment will be carried out with greatest care and comfort.

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