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Why Obstructive Sleep Apnea Is a Major Health Concern

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At Shank Dentistry, we know that sleep-related breathing problems like obstructive sleep apnea are a growing concern and can negatively influence your health and wellness.

Obstructive sleep apnea, in fact, may also have a harmful impact on teeth because it is associated with teeth grinding while asleep.

Dr. Shank has a lot of experience in treating snoring and other sleep-related breathing disorders, many times without the use of a burdensome CPAP machine.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Concerns

Obstructive sleep apnea means your breathing ceases while you sleep, which prompts you to wake. This can happen hundreds of times a night even if you don’t recall waking. The next day you may feel tired and irritable.

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Snoring and Gasping: Do You Know These Signs of Sleep Apnea?

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Breathing is natural and for many people, it happens without stress or strain. For others, however, nighttime breathing can be a genuine struggle for one of the very necessities of life – air.

Your snoring partner may make you want to run from the room for quiet refuge on the couch. First, be sure to look for the signs of sleep apnea. Your observations could save your partner’s life.

  • Loud snoring with intermittent pauses
  • Gasping or catching the breath during sleep
  • Mood changes – increases in depression or irritability
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Fatigue after eight hours of sleep

The only way to find out if you or your partner suffers from sleep apnea is to seek a referral ...

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Dental Treatment for Sleep Apnea: What You Can Expect

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Sleep apnea is a serious matter and if you have recently received a diagnosis, you may have some questions about your future how well you sleep. A CPAP machine can relieve the problem of sleep apnea, but for many people, it creates a host of other issues.




  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Uncomfortable mask
  • Noisy CPAP machine
  • Difficulty traveling

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Indianapolis

At Shank Dental, we offer an alternative to CPAP therapy for patients who have mild to moderate sleep apnea. Here is what to expect when you come to use with a sleep apnea diagnosis.

Sleep apnea can only be diagnosed through a sleep study at an accredited sleep clinic.

CPAP therapy is not your only option. We ...

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Struggling with Sleep Apnea? How Your Dentist Can Help

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Sleep apnea is more common than you might originally think and negatively impacts millions of Americans. Sleep apnea causes disruption in normal breathing function during sleep as the muscles at the back of the mouth and throat relax. 

Typical treatment begins with a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine, which delivers a constant flow of air through a facemask, opening the airway during sleep. Unfortunately, many people find it difficult to sleep wearing this mask, especially if they typically sleep on their sides or stomachs. This can lead to pulling the mask off at night and leaving you unprotected.

Since sleep apnea is so dangerous and can negatively impact nearly every system ...

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