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Is There a Connection Between Asthma and Sleep Apnea?

added on: March 23, 2022
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At My Rivertown Dentist, we recently found an interesting article about the possible connections between asthma and obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. Have you ever thought about how these two conditions could be connected?

If you stop and think about it, it makes some sense. First, both can negatively affect your breathing. Second, asthma and OSA are also both long-term respiratory disorders. Also, if you have OSA, there’s a chance it could increase your asthma risk and symptoms, while someone with asthma could be more prone to have OSA. So, there are definitely some correlations. However, each of these diseases has different preferred treatment methods.

Treatment Options for Asthma

If you or someone in your family has asthma, then you know that symptoms tend to come and go depending on a person’s individual triggers. Figuring out these so-called triggers is one of the best ways to beat asthma and reduce its risks. At My Rivertown Dentist, we know that some of the other trusted treatment sources recommended for asthma therapy could also include one or all of these three things:

  • Steroids – There are a few ways you can take steroids, such as pills or inhalers, to reduce lung inflammation caused by asthma.
  • Immunotherapy – More medication is used to help your body respond better to allergy triggers.
  • Bronchodilators: Bronchodilators are inhalers that include both fast-acting and long-acting medications, which relax the muscles of the airways and make breathing easier.

Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea in Madison

Under the expert guidance of Dr. Ashley Lee, At My Rivertown Dentist, we can treat your OSA symptoms and help you enjoy better sleep and improved overall wellness. Dr. Lee can help you use something called a DNA or Vivos appliance from young children to adults. This means NO SURGERY NECESSARY to fix breathing or sleep-related issues. With our non-invasive treatment techniques like the appliance used for various dental dilemmas, there’s a chance we can even eliminate the need for more costly orthodontic therapy in the future.

How Did it All Start?

Under the expert guidance of Dr. Ashley Lee, My Rivertown Dentist in Madison made a one-of-a-kind partnership with Vivos Therapeutics, the only relationship of its kind in our area. We also work with The Institute for Craniofacial Medicine, allowing us to have the Vivos experts pair with our knowledgeable, compassionate dentist to present you with a much more personalized, comprehensive treatment plan.

The team at Vivos was recently selected to present a “retrospective review of sleep therapy data from patients treated with the Vivos Methold at this year’s World Sleep Congress on March 11–16, 2022. The World Sleep Congress is one of the largest global conferences dedicated to sleep medicine research, and this year’s annual meeting will be held in Rome, Italy.

More About Vivos

We love Vivos at our dental office in Madison. Here’s a little bit more information about how their treatment works:

“The Vivos Method represents the first clinically effective non-surgical, non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical, and cost-effective solution for patients with dentofacial anomalies and/or mild-to-moderate OSA. Vivos also sells orthodontic appliances for adults and children. Vivos’ oral appliances have proven effective in over 24,000 patients treated worldwide by more than 1,350 trained dentists.”

Do you want to learn more? Are you ready to schedule an appointment your whole family can feel good about? Call our Madison dental office today! Talk to Dr. Lee and the team at My Rivertown Dentist to learn how we can provide you and your family with a comprehensive examination designed to detect any issues linked to OSA or sleep apnea.

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