Sleep Apnea Treatment: Sleep Easy Again
The benefits of a good night’s sleep are many: for example, it allows your body to rest and heal itself, enhances your memory function and promotes a healthy sense of well-being. That is why when a healthy sleep pattern is interrupted by a sleep disorder like sleep apnea, the adverse effects it causes can touch every part of our lives. Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes disruptions in a person’s breathing as they sleep, often multiple times a night. If left untreated, this serious disorder can lead to more serious health problems, like high blood pressure, stroke and even heart failure. If you suffer from this condition, there is help available. Read on to learn more about this disorder, including common symptoms and what treatments our practice offers you.
Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a sleep specialist. However, you may have the condition if you experience any of these common symptoms:
- Waking up suddenly and gasping for air
- Snoring loudly
- Feeling fatigued or lacking in energy during the day
- Restless sleep
- Memory problems
- Mood changes
- Headaches in the morning
- Dry or sore throat upon waking
Types of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The most common type of sleep apnea, OSA is caused by soft tissue in the throat collapsing and blocking the airway during sleep, obstructing airflow.
Central sleep apnea (CSA). This type of sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to signal the muscles in the respiratory system to breathe.
Mixed sleep apnea. This type of sleep apnea occurs when both OSA and CSA are present.
Treating Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is considered to be an effective treatment for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. This therapy uses a custom-made dental device (similar to a mouth guard) worn while sleeping that allows for unobstructed and easy breathing and relief from snoring.
We use two types of dental devices for oral appliance therapy: one to position the jaw in a forward and slightly downward position, which allows the airways to stay open during sleep; and another that holds the tongue in place to keep your airway open while you sleep. These comfortable, portable appliances can be used on their own or in conjunction with other sleep apnea treatments for optimal results.
Our Sleep Apnea Experts Can Help You Get the Rest You Need
An estimated 40 million people suffer from sleep apnea. But why continue to suffer when help is available? If you experience any troubling symptoms, make an appointment with a sleep specialist for diagnostic testing.
After receiving a diagnosis, our team would be happy to discuss treatment options with you. Our non-invasive, effective sleep apnea treatment can help you get back to feeling normal, giving you the rest you both need and deserve. We have helped a number of our patients achieve healthier sleep patterns. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our sleep apnea experts to learn about your treatment options.