Sleep Apnea Specialist

Trent W Smallwood, DDS -  - General Dentist

Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts

Trent W Smallwood, DDS

General Dentist located in South East Valley, Tempe, AZ

Approximately 22 million Americans are living with sleep apnea, but nearly 80% of them don’t even realize it. General dentist, Trent W. Smallwood, DDS, at the Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts in the North East Corner of Warner and Kyrene, in Tempe, Arizona, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea. If your spouse or significant other regularly complains of your snoring habits, call the office or use the online booking tool to request an appointment today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that causes you to start and stop breathing multiple times throughout the night. Left untreated, sleep apnea significantly increases your risk of more serious health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. 

Are there different types of sleep apnea?

There are three main types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, occurs when the soft tissues at the back of your throat relax during sleep. Ultimately, this blocks your airways, causing you to wake up.

Central sleep apnea

Central sleep apnea occurs when a communication error develops between your brain and the muscles that control breathing.

Complex sleep apnea

Complex sleep apnea is the rarest type of sleep apnea and is a combination of OSA and central sleep apnea.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea affects everyone differently and the symptoms of central and obstructive sleep apnea often overlap. However, common telltale signs include:

  • Loud, persistent snoring
  • Morning headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty paying attention

Many people with sleep apnea also experience mood swings and general irritability, two issues linked to a lack of restful sleep.

When should I see a professional regarding sleep apnea?

If you regularly wake up in the middle of the night or feel groggy throughout the day, it’s important to seek professional medical help. You may also want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Smallwood and the team at the Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts if you snore loudly. Snoring isn’t always a sign of sleep apnea, but it’s a good indication.

Who is at risk of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea affects people of all ages, but there are certain factors that increase your risk, including:

  • Being overweight
  • Being male
  • Over the age of 50 

If you smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, or use tranquilizers, you’re also more likely to suffer from sleep apnea.

How is sleep apnea treated?

At the Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts, Dr. Smallwood and the team treat snoring and sleep apnea using state-of-the-art intraoral devices.

During your sleep apnea consultation, Dr. Smallwood performs a thorough oral exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you a series of questions about your symptoms. 

Next, he uses a digital 3D scanner to take comprehensive images of your teeth, gums, and general oral structure. These scans are sent to a dental laboratory that manufactures your custom intraoral device. By pushing your lower jaw forward, your intraoral device keeps your airway open during sleep.

You return to the office one to two weeks later to receive and test your device.

Don’t let chronic snoring negatively impact your health or personal relationships. Request your sleep apnea consultation today, call the office or click the online booking tool. 

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