Dr. Handa provides comprehensive care for sleep disorders including sleep apnea. We welcome children and adults who have been recently diagnosed with sleep apnea or who may have concerns about the quality of their sleep. If you have been told that you snore, are often tired and groggy during the day or are experiencing any other signs of a sleep problem, it is important to seek an evaluation as soon as possible.
Signs and symptoms will vary from patient to patient and are also different in children when compared to adults. Dr. Handa is committed to offering the highest standard of care using scientific-based techniques. As a VIVOS dentist in Acton, she stays informed on the latest studies and treatment therapies.
What causes sleep apnea?
There is a range of factors that can lead to sleep apnea but for many patients, the underlying problem is an airway issue. Sleep apnea is characterized by an obstructed airway during sleep which leads to the repeated cessation of normal breathing. There are risk factors for developing sleep apnea, most of which are influenced by a pre-existing airway issue often related to the oral structure of the palate and jaw. Many adult patients with sleep apnea or sleep-disordered breathing were mouth breathers from a young age. Sleep apnea can occur in both children and adults. Treating it at an early age can resolve problems, improve oral health during developmental years and minimize other related health risks.
Common risk factors for sleep apnea can include:
- Overweight, obese
- Large neck circumference
Dr. Handa screens for the signs of sleep apnea in general dentistry patients and works with patients seeking treatment for a diagnosed sleep disorder.
Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea
Dr. Handa offers a range of treatments to address sleep apnea. She uses advanced 3-D imaging to thoroughly evaluate all aspects of your oral and jaw structure for use in your diagnosis and treatment. Oral appliances are commonly recommended and may be used in conjunction with other treatments that can include orthodontics. A narrowed palate and overjet can also cause crooked teeth. Repositioning the teeth while expanding the palate can open the airway and allow for deeper natural breathing.