Sleep Apnea Treatment

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax too much while a patient is asleep, which restricts airflow and causes them to wake up just enough to continue breathing again. While this may not seem like a big deal, these episodes can lead to a very poor quality of sleep and can affect virtually every aspect of a patient’s life.

If you’re ready to sleep better and feel better, please contact us. We want to provide you with the treatment you need to improve both your sleep and your health.

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How will I know if I have sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea can only be formally diagnosed by a sleep doctor, and patients typically have to complete a sleep study to receive a proper assessment and diagnosis. However, there are a few common sleep apnea symptoms that can lead a patient to seek treatment, including:

  • Chronic lethargy and drowsiness
  • Loud snoring, followed by periods of silence
  • Waking up with a dry or sore throat
  • Waking up gasping or choking
  • Daily or frequent headaches
  • Mental fog and difficulty concentrating

Is sleep apnea dangerous?

Not only can sleep apnea lower a patient’s overall quality of life, it can pose serious health and safety risks as well. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, patients with untreated sleep apnea are 2.5 times more likely to cause a car accident than a member of the general population. Patients with sleep apnea are also at an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes, and sleep apnea itself can be fatal. This is why we strongly encourage our patients with sleep apnea to seek treatment to live happier and healthier lives.

Can sleep apnea be cured?

Patients often treat their sleep apnea using devices like a CPAP machine or a sleep appliance. However, 30-50% of sleep apnea patients who try out CPAP machines end up giving them up for various reasons, which is why we recommend sleep apnea appliances to our patients. Sleep apnea appliances work by holding the patient’s jaw slightly forward to keep their airway open throughout the night. These comfortable mouthguards are also easy to travel with and they do not require electricity or distilled water like CPAP machines.

Looking for a custom appliance for sleep apnea? Contact our office and schedule your consultation today!

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