Sleep Apnea

While it may seem like a rare condition, many people suffer from sleep apnea and are unaware of it. This is because the problem occurs during sleep and often the only time a person realizes they have a problem is when their partner alerts them of their loud chronic snoring that can be clear sign of sleep apnea. Chronic snoring is not always a symptom of sleep apnea, however, and even those who sleep next to someone else every night might be unaware of the problem. Sleep apnea affects breathing during sleep, and therefore can lead to fatigue in those who are victims of this condition. Research about the causes of, and treatments for, sleep apnea are ongoing and it takes a well-studied dentist, like our sleep apnea treatment expert, to diagnose and treat the disorder.

 

Besides chronic snoring, a common sign of sleep apnea is incorrect breathing patterns during sleep which can even result in slight periods where breathing completely stops. Our expert in sleep apnea treatment can set up a diagnostic test. Once our dentist is sure that a patient suffers from sleep apnea, there are several different ways in which it can be treated.

 

The goals of sleep apnea treatment are to restore regular breathing while the patient is sleeping and to relieve their symptoms, such as loud snoring and exhaustion. The first step in treatment is lifestyle changes such as reducing alcohol consumption and losing weight. Mouthpieces are also commonly used to open the patient’s airway to promote deeper breathing. If these treatments do not work, CPAP machines can be used that gently blow air into the patient’s throat while they are sleeping, although many complain these machines are uncomfortable and do not promote sound sleep. For worst case scenarios, the final step our sleep apnea treatment expert will take is surgery that can be used to permanently widen the patient’s breathing passageway.

 

If you have noticed that you feel more tired during the day than you should, or someone has told you that you constantly snore, call today to schedule an appointment with our expert in sleep apnea treatment to see how we can help.

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