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Sleep Apnea

Do you suffer from snoring or obstructive sleep apnea? At Riverpointe Dental Care, Dr. David Strubel specializes in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and has helped patients throughout the Ozarks reclaim their health and ability to sleep.

In addition to sleep apnea treatment, our dental clinic provides a full scope of cosmetic and general dentistry services for patients of all ages. Whether you’re struggling with sleep apnea or snoring or would like to schedule an appointment with our dentist for preventative or cosmetic dental treatment, Dr. Struble and our team invite you to call our office in Ozark, MO.

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Sleep Apnea

If you’re looking for a sleep apnea dentist in the Ozarks, you’ve come to the right place. For over 30 years, Dr. Struble of Riverpointe Dental Care has helped a wide variety of patients better manage their sleep apnea and improve their quality of life. No matter your needs, we’re here to provide unparalleled support as we guide you on your journey to better sleep and better health.

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition where the throat muscles block a person’s upper airway passages while they sleep. As the upper airway passages collapse, the person’s breathing repeatedly stops and starts throughout a sleep cycle. This causes excessive snoring and intermittent lapses in breathing which can abruptly awaken the brain and interfere with a person’s sleep.

What are the signs & symptoms of sleep apnea?

Loud, excessive snoring is one of the telltale signs of obstructive sleep apnea. Other signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Daytime fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dry mouth or sore throat
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Decreased libido
  • Morning headaches

Because OSA causes intermittent lapses in breathing, it’s also not uncommon for individuals to awaken abruptly in the middle of the night, choking and gasping for air.

What are the risk factors associated with sleep apnea?

When the throat muscles and soft tissues at the back of the throat relax, they block the airway passage and inhibit a person’s ability to breathe in their sleep. With that said, anyone can develop sleep apnea, but the following factors put some individuals at a higher risk:

● Obesity
● High blood pressure
● Diabetes
● Asthma
● Chronic nasal congestion
● Smoking

Additionally, people with family histories of sleep apnea are more likely to develop it.

What are the complications of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea doesn’t just cause a poor night’s sleep – it can have long-lasting effects on a person’s health and well-being.

Obstructive sleep apnea lowers oxygen levels throughout the body, which can lead to heart disease, stroke, or high blood pressure due to excessive pressure on the cardiovascular system.

Daytime fatigue and sleepiness puts individuals at a higher risk of getting into accidents. Sleep apnea also results in poorer job performance. Excessive snoring caused by sleep apnea can even interfere with a partner’s sleep and lead to relationship problems.

How do we treat sleep apnea at Riverpointe Dental Care?

If you suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea, Dr. Struble can customize an oral appliance to help prevent the throat muscles from blocking your airway passage. In severe cases of sleep apnea, patients may benefit from oral surgery or using a CPAP machine while they sleep.
“I can’t say enough good things about Dr Struble and all the staff. I’ve never dreaded going for an appointment and am always made to feel right at home. Dr Struble has been tremendous in all of his treatments and I trust him implicitly. Only consider going here if you’re interested in the very best in dentistry!”

‒ Randy B.

Don’t suffer from snoring or sleep apnea any longer. Contact Riverpointe Dental Care at 417-581-2421 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Struble.

Riverpointe Dental Care
1136 W Jackson St
Ozark, MO 65721

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Tuesday 8 AM ‒ 5 PM
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 8 AM ‒ 5 PM
Friday 8 AM ‒ 2 PM
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