Sleep Apnea Specialist

Tucker Family Dentistry

Perron L. Tucker, DMD

Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Vestavia Hills, AL

Feeling tired or groggy every day at work or school could indicate a common disorder interrupting your sleep called sleep apnea. Patients living in or around Vestavia Hills, Alabama, can seek treatment with Dr. Perron Tucker, who can treat sleep apnea using custom oral sleep appliances. If you experience symptoms of sleep apnea, call Tucker Family Dentistry, or request a consultation online today.

Sleep Apnea Q&A

What is sleep apnea?

When you think of sleep apnea, you might think of snoring first. While snoring can be a prominent symptom of sleep apnea, not everyone with sleep apnea snores. The condition comes with a wide variety of signs and symptoms that can affect you during the day or at night. 

The main sign of sleep apnea is struggling to breathe while you’re asleep. More specifically, the condition causes you to stop breathing intermittently throughout your sleep cycle. 

At Tucker Family Dentistry, Dr. Tucker specializes in treating one form of sleep apnea called obstructive sleep apnea. This type of paused breathing is a physical blockage, usually happening when the tissue in your throat closes in on itself to constrict your airway when you relax. 

To determine if you’re a candidate for certain sleep apnea treatments, Dr. Tucker refers you to a local sleep lab for testing. 

How can I tell if I have sleep apnea?

You might wonder how you can tell if you have sleep apnea if you’re unaware of your breathing problems during sleep. It can be especially tricky to identify these breathing problems if you live alone without someone to report them to you.

While paused breathing or gasping for air during sleep are the leading indicators of sleep apnea, the condition causes some daytime symptoms too. You may have sleep apnea if you experience these symptoms consistently:

  • Daytime grogginess
  • Morning headaches
  • Morning dry mouth
  • Forgetfulness
  • Irritability
  • Sexual dysfunction

Over time, unmanaged sleep apnea can cause complications like heart problems and high blood pressure. With treatment, you can sleep more peacefully and experience better cognitive functioning throughout the day.

Which treatments are available for sleep apnea?

Tucker Family Dentistry specializes in Oral Sleep Appliance (OSA) therapy, an alternative to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines. While CPAP is a popular therapy for sleep apnea, some find the device to be too loud or cumbersome. For others, CPAP is just not the best solution. 

Oral sleep appliances available at Tucker Family Dentistry, including TAP®, EMA®, SomnoDent™, and Moses®, can help you get the oxygen your body needs to function while you sleep. 

Dr. Tucker custom fits your sleep appliance for your mouth, so it feels comfortable while in place. The device supports your jaw by pushing it slightly forward, which helps to hold your airway open as you sleep. 

To learn more about sleep apnea and compare oral sleep appliances, call Tucker Family Dentistry, or book an appointment online today.