Is There A Way to Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?

My wife says I must have sleep apnea, because I snore. She’s also worried that I stop breathing sometimes. I’m not sure that’s true, though. I feel fine. And I don’t want to waste time and money dealing with the doctor if it’s not a real problem. Is there a way to test for it at home?

Thanks,

Greg H. – Pennsylvania

Dear Greg,

There are a number of causes for snoring, and just about everyone does it from time to time. Some causes that you’ll have no control over are the shape of your mouth and your general anatomy. Other causes that you can do something about are being overweight, drinking alcohol, your sleep position, and sleep apnea. Sometimes people snore temporarily because they’re fighting an illness.

If she’s saying you’re also stopping breathing, this is a problem and it needs to be looked at. Although you can certainly visit a sleep center and get a formal diagnosis with an overnight stay, your dentist may also be able to diagnose it and treat it with an appliance made in the office.

Being tired during the day, despite a full night of rest, having a dry mouth when you wake, and morning headaches, can also be symptoms of sleep apnea. Mention it to your dentist next time you’re in, or schedule a consultation if your next checkup is a ways out.

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Was I misinformed? I thought porcelain veneers could reshape teeth.

I’m  a little disappointed and confused. I was told that porcelain veneers could completely reshape my smile. I have teeth that are worn. I wanted longer, fuller, more youthful teeth. The color that my dentist gave me is great. I am happy with that. But, my teeth are the same size that they were before. That’s really disappointing. I pointed out to my dentist that I expected them to be longer, but he said they’re beautiful and I should be satisfied with them as is. He also said, it’s not possible to make them longer. Was I misinformed about the procedure?

Vanessa – Louisiana

Vanessa,

I’m sorry you’ve had such a bad experience with your porcelain veneers. You’re right. They are able to reshape your smile.  You should have been able to get a quite youthful smile.  I’m glad you don’t have to content yourself with just half of what you hoped for. And your dentist is wrong, it is possible to make your teeth longer with porcelain veneers.

It sounds to me that you went to your family dentist, who may be a good family dentist, but isn’t a great cosmetic dentist. He doesn’t have the training or experience to understand the aesthetics that go into a gorgeous smile.

I’d suggest getting a second opinion for an expert cosmetic dentist.  I know it’s hard for a patient to determine who’s an expert and who’s not.  If you’ll go to the mynewsmile.com website. They recommend expert cosmetic dentists in each state. You’ll be safe with anyone on their site.

Go to that dentist and see if he can help you get at least part of your money back.  To get the smile you want, the procelain veneers will have to be redone.

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