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Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Do you or your partner suffer through the night with loud snoring?

Snoring ManSnoring can be caused by a wide range of factors, from blocked airways due to illness to lost muscle tone in the throat due to aging. However, consistent snoring and waking up feeling as if you hardly slept at all can be the sign of an underlying sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. As awareness of this growing health concern has increased, more patients are being successfully diagnosed and treated for a greatly improved quality of life. Louisville dentist Dr. Tracey Hughes works with patients to evaluate both oral and overall health to determine the cause of snoring or other related symptoms.

There are two main types of sleep apnea, central and obstructive (OSA). The latter has been widely recognized as a growing health concern, especially for those at greater risk due to a genetic or lifestyle predisposition for this type of sleep disorder. Understanding your risk and the common signs of OSA can play an important role in proper diagnosis and treatment to avoid associated health risks.

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Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea

Anyone can develop a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, including young children. However, there are certain factors that greatly increase your risk and affect your overall health:

  • Males, especially over the age of 50
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having a large neck circumference
  • Smokers and those using tobacco
  • Being diabetic or having high blood pressure

In addition to exacerbating existing health issues such as hypertension and diabetes, sleep apnea also increases your risk for:

  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Chronic Acid Reflux (Dr. Hughes can easily see indications of this during her examination with people due to the harmful effects of acid on teeth)
  • Dementia
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Death (Judge Scalia and Reggie White (age 43) both died of sleep apnea)

Dr. Hughes can help you restore your health and reduce risks associated with OSA. The first step is a visit with us at Boulder Valley Dental Center in Louisville, CO.

SomnoMed: What is COAT? - A treatment for OSA

CPAP Alternatives for Sleep Apnea

Treatment for sleep apnea, or OSA, has traditionally been the CPAP machine. While highly effective at treating sleep apnea, patients are less likely to use it consistently due to the inconvenience and discomfort of the machine.

Dr. Hughes offers a comfortable, more discreet alternative to the CPAP that fits like a mouth guard. Oral appliance therapy can effectively treat mild to moderate sleep apnea with a convenient, portable and easy to wear device that repositions the jaw and the tongue to prevent the collapse of soft tissue at the back of the throat- the cause of your snoring and sleep apnea. Patients can consume fluids and speak while wearing the device.

Oral appliance therapy enjoys much greater compliance among patients and can reduce both symptoms and associated health risks with consistent use.

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Common Signs of OSA

Recognizing both risk factors and the common signs of OSA may be life saving. These include:

  • Snoring or gasping for air
  • Feeling sleepy or drowsy during the day
  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating

If you consistently experience any of these common symptoms, come in for a consultation with Dr. Hughes. She will work with you to fully evaluate your symptoms and your sleep to determine if you have a sleep disorder and recommend appropriate treatment.

Somnodent (Mandibular Advancement Appliance)

Schedule A Consultation

If you or a loved one is snoring or suffering from any of the common signs of sleep apnea, schedule a visit with Dr. Hughes at Boulder Valley Dental Center. We welcome new patients and Dr. Hughes has built a professional reputation on personalized dental care for your oral and overall health needs. Contact us at 303-732-5388 or request an appointment online.

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Natalie B. "Boulder valley dental center is amazing! The staff is very friendly and the facilities are state of the art. My last visit is easily the most comfortable visit I've ever had with a dentist. I can't recommend them enough."
Michael C. "I need to have a lot of dental work done and the ladies at Boulder Valley Dental all work extra hard to make sure their patients are comfortable. They are amazing and I am so happy to have a trustworthy dentist who actually cares. I highly recommend Dr. Hughes and the whole staff at Boulder Valley Dental."
Tyler K. "The most friendly, careful, and thoughtful experience I've ever had at a dentist."
Eric T. "Extremely nice and helpful staff. They do an amazing job of working through your care plan and provide very comprehensive service. They're not afraid to take extra time with their patients to ensure that they are comfortable with their care and treatment and that they understand the decisions being put in front of them. Would recommend them to anyone in need of dental care."
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Dr. Tracey Hughes is a highly sought-after and leading Louisville dentist. At the Boulder Valley Dental Center, Dr. Hughes welcomes her patients as ‘guests.’ She is constantly committed to advancing her skills and knowledge through continuing education initiatives. Having received her B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biology from Buena Vista University in Iowa, she proceeded to obtain her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1998 from the University Of Iowa College Of Dentistry. Over the years Dr. Hughes has committed several hours of learning to refine her knowledge and to ensure that she provides her patients with modern dental services. She is only one of less than 1,000 dentists who have earned a Fellowship in Advanced Physiologic Based Dentistry at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Technologies (LVI Global). Whether it is general dentistry or cosmetic dentistry or even sleep apnea, reach out to Dr. Hughes today!