Sleep apnea is a condition to take very seriously because it can lead to other major health consequences. At Capital Dental, we provide effective treatment for many cases of sleep apnea to help you improve your health.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
When you suffer from frequent and recurring shortness of breath while sleeping, you may be experiencing sleep apnea. Signs of sleep apnea include poor sleeping habits, frequent sore throats, recurring headaches and a general inability to get a restful night sleep.
At Capital Dental, we offer custom-designed oral appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea. If diagnosed with sleep apnea, you will wear an oral appliance that adjusts to the position of your jaw to ensure the airways are kept open while sleeping. The device is comfortable and should cause no problems for you or any sleeping partner. We may recommend other lifestyle changes as well such as weight loss, alcohol consumption, and elimination of sleeping medication.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
The most common symptoms of sleep apnea are listed below. Just because you have one, or a few of these, doesn’t mean you have sleep apnea. Check with your doctor to be certain.
- Very loud snoring
- Sleepiness and loss of energy when awake
- Painful headaches
- Restless sleep
- Insomnia and recurrent awakenings
- Waking up with a dry or sore throat
- Waking up in the night with gasping or choking sensations
- Sudden mood changes
- Poor concentration
- Going to the bathroom frequently at night
How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?
Sleep apnea is typically diagnosed using a polysomnogram or a sleep study. During a sleep study, a sleep physician monitors brain activity and body system functioning while a patient rests overnight at a sleep lab. The specialist evaluates the study data collected to diagnose sleep disorders and recommend treatment. If indicated by the sleep doctor, a dentist trained in sleep medicine works with him/her to treat obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy. In some cases, a home sleep study may also be possible instead of reporting to a sleep lab.
How is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea may involve surgery, CPAP or BiPAP machines, or oral appliance therapy. Oral appliances provide the least invasive option and often a good choice for the treatment of mild to moderate OSA. A carefully calibrated appliance can comfortably help hold the jaw in a precise position throughout the night, allowing critical oxygen flow.
All treatment recommendations should be made in consultation with your sleep physician. Once a treatment path that you can use consistently is chosen, we may be able to provide critical support for your efforts. If appliance therapy is selected, it’s essential the right method and positioning are designed to precisely maintain your airway.
If you have more questions about sleep apnea treatment and oral appliances, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.