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Sleep Apnea

Severe snoring and waking up tired after a night of sleep are major signs of sleep apnea, a condition that causes many harmful problems. 

Treatment for sleep apnea can improve your stamina, high blood pressure, immune system, and more. 

Our doctors at Harrison Dental Group in Fort Wayne, IN, have provided treatment for many sleep apnea patients. We can help you, too.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Is the Most Common
Sleep-Related Breathing Disorder

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If you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, you are not alone. Some experts estimate that nearly a billion adults worldwide have obstructive sleep apnea. This sleep disorder often causes significant harm to your cardiovascular health and more. Our obstructive sleep apnea treatments can help you return to restful sleep and prevent serious health conditions. 

A Closer Look at Sleep Apnea And How We Can Help

Patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea experience a problematic collapse of the soft tissues in the upper airway during the night due to a number of potential causes, including your weight, having large tonsils, and changes in your hormone levels.

Sleep Apnea, a comparison of an obstructed and unobstructed airway

Based on a collaborative diagnostic process with a sleep specialist, our dentists may recommend that you wear a custom mouthguard during sleep that pulls the lower jaw slightly forward, keeping the upper airway open throughout the night. As a result, you can wake up feeling more refreshed and reduce the risk of heart disease and other issues that can accompany this sleep disorder. Dr. David Harrison, Dr. Keith Harrison, and Dr. Bradford Korn look forward to helping you find the best solution for your needs.

There is another type of sleep apnea called central sleep apnea, in which the brain fails to regulate breathing during sleep. Central sleep apnea is a rare and much more complex condition requiring specialized care. Central sleep apnea is also considered more serious. Whether you are suffering from obstructive or central sleep apnea, we can help you get the care you need.

Begin Treatment Today

If you know that you snore loudly every night, you owe it to yourself to determine whether obstructive sleep apnea is affecting your sleep. Together, you and our dentists will explore the best obstructive sleep apnea solutions for your needs. Call (260) 747-4747 or write to us now to take the first step to receiving quality care for your obstructive sleep apnea. 

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Stephanie Dawson

2022

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Best office I have ever been to! They are helpful and AMAZING, they go above and beyond I couldn't be happier with there services! I WOULD RECOMMEND them to EVERYONE!

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Nadine STrebig

2018

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I think they are great! My dental Hygienist, Brenda is so through and give me good ideas to keep my teeth healthy. Dr. Argus is very fair and I like this office and it's staff.

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The Symptoms  of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

There are many signs that indicate the presence of obstructive sleep apnea. Most often, a sufferer's partner lets them know they are snoring. You may not observe symptoms in yourself because they occur during your sleep. The following are symptoms of sleep apnea that can be identified by partners, a sleep study, or a doctor evaluation at our Fort Wayne offices:

Sleep Symptoms

  • Loud, excessive snoring
  • Insomnia
  • Gasping for air
  • Choking or snorting
  • Repeated awakening
  • Interruptions in regular breathing

Awake Symptoms

  • Morning headaches
  • Fatigue throughout the day
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Sore and dry throats
  • Mood swings
  • Worsening depression
  • Loss of libido

How Sleep Apnea Is Diagnosed

If our doctors suspect that you have sleep apnea, they will ask that you get a diagnosis from a specialist before prescribing treatment. All diagnoses are obtained with input from both the dentist and a trained sleep apnea specialist. Patients may be asked to bring home a device to measure their interrupted sleep, or they may be asked to undergo an overnight sleep study at a local sleep center.

Once the condition has been officially diagnosed, patients can then work with the dentist and doctor to achieve relief. The sooner we get started, the better.

Call or contact us to get started on a track to sleeping better soon. 

(260) 747-4747

Long-Term Health Risks  of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Untreated sleep apnea can lead to issues in many facets of life. Some of the issues you may be suffering from can affect:
Obesity

Circulatory and Cardiovascular Symptoms

Sleep apnea may cause obesity, which leads to severe health issues. Risk of heart disease and stroke are also increased by sleep apnea. 

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Digestive System

Sleep apnea can cause various liver issues including scarring and fatty liver disease. Sleep apnea may also lead to heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which can increase sleep apnea problems. 

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Endocrine System

The endocrine system regulates your hormones and bodily processes. Sleep apnea compromises insulin sensitivity, which can lead to high blood pressure and diabetes. Other risks include high blood sugar and high cholesterol. 

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Reproductive System

Sleep apnea is known to lower libido, or sexual desire. In addition, sleep apnea may cause erectile dysfunction.

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Respiratory System

Disruptions to your upper airway deprive your body of oxygen. This can make asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) worse. Many with sleep apnea struggle with shortness of breath and exercise. 

Don't Let Obstructive Sleep Apnea Take a Toll on Your Life

You don't have to allow obstructive sleep apnea to continue to harm your health. Reach out to experienced, skilled dentists at our Fort Wayne offices to find solutions to your sleep disorder. Everything from daytime sleepiness to severe medical risk can be avoided with our help. 

We conduct all of our treatments using the very latest technology and the highest quality of care for each patient. We strive to create an inviting and warm environment for each patient so that you feel comfortable and calm under our care. 

Call or reach out to us online to treat your obstructive sleep apnea as soon as possible. 

(260) 747-4747

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Our Fort Wayne practice is known for providing compassionate care.

Reviews from Fort Wayne Locals

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M Foster

2019

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Very professional atmosphere, and, at the same time, so friendly, from the welcoming staff all the way to the top dentists. I have always felt appreciated and not like just another customer. They offer plenty of time for questions and concerns without rushing you.

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Sandra Thomas

2019

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Love Dr. Argus and Staff. They are so friendly and the treatments are always done with care. They make sure you are comfortable during the entire procedure and talk to you about what they are doing the whole time.

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How We Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea 

A sleep apnea appliance keeps the airway open during the night to allow you to get restful sleep. The primary function of the appliance is to prevent soft tissues from blocking the upper airway by pushing the lower jaw forward. We will collaborate with a sleep specialist who will evaluate you with a sleep study. If we determine that an oral appliance is right for you, we will customize your appliance for maximum comfort using impressions of your bite. 

In certain cases, lifestyle changes can minimize the effects of sleep apnea, either alone or in combination with an oral appliance. Losing weight and avoiding alcohol, sleeping pills, and cigarettes can often make a significant difference. Begin your sleep apnea treatment now by contacting our Fort Wayne offices.

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Many Prefer an Oral Sleep Apnea Appliance Over a CPAP Machine

An oral sleep apnea appliance can help you avoid a potentially cumbersome and intrusive CPAP machine. We hear from many patients that they feel very uncomfortable using CPAP machines and that they appreciate the seamless use of an oral appliance when compared to CPAP. In this short video, Dr. Harrison explains more about sleep apnea and why you might choose a dental appliance instead of a CPAP machine. 

How We Make Sleep
Apnea Treatment Affordable

At our Fort Wayne offices, we put patients first. Your budget should not be a barrier to receiving the obstructive sleep apnea care you need. To that end, we have taken several steps to help make this treatment a fit for most budgets:

We Work With Many Insurance Providers

Many insurance plans will contribute to the cost of sleep apnea treatment. Our staff will work with your provider to secure maximum coverage.

Financing

In addition to in-house financing plans, we accept CareCredit® and Citi Health financing options that allow you to make low-interest and interest-free monthly payments on any out-of-pocket expenses.

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Lia Moore

2021

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I have been seeing Dr. Argus for a few years now and everytime the staff and Dr. Argus are always so attentive and welcoming. There is another dentist there whom I've seen once and she was super kind as well.

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Justin Chambers

2022

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Non-judgmental and understanding. Very friendly and professional. I came in for an emergency and am new to the area, took care of me and answered all my questions. Gave me all my options with no pressure. Both the dentist and all the staff are excellent.

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We are proud to have so many of our neighbors in and around Fort Wayne recommending us to their friends and family. If you are new to the Fort Wayne area, or if you need to establish regular care with a reputable dental practice, we would love to meet you and your family!
Harrison Dental Group

Harrison Dental Group

The doctors of Harrison Dental Group have been providing family-friendly dentistry for decades. Our dental care is advanced, yet affordable, and we are members of various prestigious organizations:

  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology

To request a consultation at one of our Fort Wayne locations, call us at (260) 747-4747
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