Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a dangerous sleep disorder that causes disruptions in breathing while you sleep. If left untreated it can lead to serious health risks such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Dr. Rice is dedicated to providing you with treatment options that best fit your needs, letting you regain control of your sleep and overall health. Explore all your options, don’t delay treatment any longer.


What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that can result in irregular breathing patterns, hindering your ability to breathe and sleep properly throughout the night. If left untreated, sleep apnea can pose a risk to your overall health and result in serious repercussions. In severe cases, sleep apnea can cause you to stop breathing altogether. In response to this, the brain periodically awakens you to restore breathing, making it difficult to get restful sleep. Proactive diagnosis and custom treatment are vital steps to getting you the sleep you deserve. At Middle Tennessee Dental Sleep Specialists, our Brentwood dentist is your partner in helping you achieve a better night’s rest.


Causes & Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea

Knowing what causes sleep apnea is an important step in understanding how to treat the sleep disorder efficiently. Sleep apnea can be brought on by a variety of outstanding health issues. While it may be prevented, it can’t always be avoided. Genetics, gender, and body type are all contributing factors in the development of sleep apnea. Symptoms of the disorder can range from mild to severe and gradually progress over time, risking your overall health. Understanding the causes and symptoms of this breathing disorder can help you identify signs earlier, get a diagnosis,and seek appropriate treatment as soon as possible.


Sleep Apnea Treatments

With proper treatment, sleep apnea is a manageable disorder that doesn’t have to negatively impact your health. By coordinating care with your physician, Dr. Rice can help you get a better night’s sleep through a personalized treatment plan that fits your needs and lifestyle. Our Brentwood dentist will work closely with you throughout the process in order to ensure that you’re getting the high quality care you deserve. Don’t suffer through another night, address your sleep apnea today!

Frequently Asked Questions

I snore. Do I suffer from sleep apnea?
Though snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, not everyone who snores suffers from the sleep disorder. Snoring can be caused by a number of factors, like excess weight, genetics, allergies, nasal congestion, sleep position, and more. The only way to know if you’re suffering from sleep apnea is to take a sleep study and get an accurate diagnosis from a qualified physician.
Is a sleep study necessary?
Yes! A sleep study is the only way to know if you have a sleep disorder, including sleep apnea. Your doctor may recommend a sleep study if you have symptoms of sleep apnea, a risk of certain health problems, or if lack of sleep is affecting your everyday life. 

Untreated sleep apnea has been linked to various health complications, including high blood pressure, strokes, heart failure, and more. If you think you have sleep apnea, it’s important to get a proper diagnosis and seek treatment right away to lower your risk of further problems.

Practice Update Regarding COVID-19

To combat the spread of COVID-19, our office will only be offering virtual consultations to help evaluate the condition of your sleep apnea and discuss treatment options.


Please submit your information here for a call back from our team. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call at 615-373-4488 and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we look forward to providing you with the highest quality care once we are able to return to our normal hours.


Thank you!


Kellye N. Rice

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