Do you snore loudly or wake up breathless in the night? You may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can lead to serious health problems and negatively impact your quality of life. Fortunately, we can help!
Sleep apnea is an involuntary cessation of breathing that occurs while you sleep. There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed. Of the three, obstructive sleep apnea, often called OSA for short, is the most common. While disruption in breath may not seem too serious, patients with sleep apnea can stop breathing as much as a hundred times a night, often for a minute or longer. Sleep apnea is linked to causing other serious health problems including:
Fortunately, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated. But how do you get treatment?
Give Dawson Family Dentistry a call. We can give you a take-home sleep study that will help us assess your condition and determine if you have sleep apnea. Or, if you've already been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, or have severe sleep apnea and cannot wear a CPAP, we can get you started on treatment right away. Dr. Dawson can construct an oral appliance that will help keep your airway open as you sleep, helping you feel relaxed and rejuvenated following sleep instead of tired!
An oral appliance is the leading alternative to the CPAP. This appliance looks like a retainer or athletic mouth guard and is designed to position the jaw slightly forward to open the airway and protects against the negative effects of teeth grinding caused by sleep breathing issues.
What you can expect at your appointment: