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Sleep Medicine

Dr. Brenda Paulen offers patients the benefits of dental sleep medicine in our Sandy Springs office. The diagnosis and effective treatment of sleep-related disorders, including sleep apnea are important for your overall health and wellness. Sleep apnea and sleep-related disorders affect millions of people and can put you at risk for other major health concerns, including stroke and heart attack.

Common signs of sleep apnea can include:

  • Feeling groggy or tired after sleeping all night
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability, moodiness
  • Waking in the night, gasping for air
  • Loud snoring
  • Dry mouth in the morning

What is dental sleep medicine?

Dr. Paulen practices dental sleep medicine, which provides oral appliance therapy for the treatment of a diagnosed sleep disorder such as sleep apnea or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Dr. Paulen works with patients who have been diagnosed by a medical professional and can also help anyone considered at risk or concerned about a sleep problem to find a local specialist for a proper diagnosis and sleep study.

Oral appliance therapy is an alternative to more traditional treatment options such as the CPAP. It can be the solution for patients who have mild to moderate sleep apnea and an option for anyone considered intolerant of the CPAP.

How does an oral appliance treat sleep apnea?

Dr. Paulen uses the Somnodent oral appliance to treat sleep disorders and snoring. Fitted like a sports mouthguard, an oral appliance is specifically designed to reposition the tongue to prevent soft tissue at the back of the throat from collapsing into the airway. This is often a cause of sleep apnea, leading to the repeated cessation of proper breathing throughout sleep that is often resolved with a sudden snore or gasp for air.

The custom oral appliance is to be worn during sleep to allow normal breathing, relieve symptoms, and improve overall health when used consistently. Oral appliances are typically well-tolerated and offer more discreet and comfortable treatment.

Why treat sleep apnea?

Seeking a proper diagnosis and treatment for sleep apnea is important for both your daily quality of life and your overall physical well-being. Sleep apnea can make daily life seem more difficult due to a lack of proper sleep, impacting job performance and your ability to enjoy activities. Sleep apnea also increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and other health concerns.

Treatment for sleep apnea and snoring can improve symptoms, quality of sleep and reduce related health risks.