Under-diagnosed and all-too-often ignored, sleep apnea is a serious condition that requires diagnosis and treatment for relief. Are you unknowingly suffering from the sleep disorder that affects some 18 million Americans? Left untreated, the condition has been linked to serious heart conditions and even premature death. Read on to learn about the symptoms, causes and, most importantly, the treatment for sleep apnea.
Learn More About Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes its sufferers to wake up many times repeatedly during sleep. The most common type of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), occurs when the lower jaw or tongue blocks the proper flow of air during sleep. Chronic snoring and frequent waking with choking or gasping are associated with this type of sleep apnea.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
In addition to chronic snoring associated with OSA, other symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Daytime fatigue
- Chronic headaches
- Waking with a dry mouth or throat
- Daytime confusion
- Mood change and other symptoms associated with poor sleep
OSA can be brought on by certain factors, including heavy alcohol consumption, obesity and the use of medications (including antidepressants and sleep aids). If you believe one of these could be causing your poor sleep, making the appropriate lifestyle changes can help to reduce the occurrence of OSA.
Treating Your Sleep Apnea
Sleep appliances can help you find relief for your sleep apnea. One common treatment option for OSA is with an appliance called the CPAP, a large machine that forces air through the throat to keep the airway clear throughout the night. Unfortunately, many patients are unable to find the relief they seek with this noisy, bulky option. CPAP therapy can be especially problematic for the partners of sleep apnea sufferers.
Fortunately, the team at 21st Century Dental & Sleep Center offers an alternative to CPAP therapy for treating sleep apnea. A removable oral device holds the tongue and lower jaw into place, preventing their collapse and keeping the airway clear for a full night’s sleep once again.
Advantages of oral device therapy include:
- The oral device is custom-fit to your unique mouth.
- The small device is incredibly portable and requires no special equipment to function.
- Air travel is a breeze with the small removable device – something CPAP users know can be a hassle.
Seek a Diagnosis and Treatment Today!
Are you or a loved one suffering from the exhausting effects of sleep apnea? If so, please don’t wait to seek a diagnosis and sleep apnea treatment. The team at 21st Century Dental & Sleep Center is here to help you and your partner enjoy the benefits of a full night’s sleep once again.