Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the soft tissue of the throat collapses, blocking the airway. OSA hinders a person from breathing properly during the night, and causes their blood-oxygen level to drop.
Someone suffering from sleep apnea awakens during the night to reopen the airway, as often as hundreds of times on a typical night. However, these awakenings are so brief that a sleeper usually does not remember them. Their bed partner may recall the sleep apnea sufferer stirring to snort, gasp, or snore loudly.
Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, although snoring is one of the most common symptoms. Some of the other indicators of sleep apnea include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Chronic morning headaches and sore throat
- Reduced productivity
- Increased accident proneness
- Difficulty learning, remembering, or concentrating
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
If you believe you may have sleep apnea, come receive diagnosis and treatment at West Valley Natural Dentistry. It is important to take these steps in order to avoid the complications of years without proper sleep or oxygen, including stroke, diabetes, and depression.
Treating Sleeping Disorders with an Oral Appliance
Dr. Pfost and Dr. Davis offer a great alternative to CPAP therapy. While CPAP is effective, the truth is, most patients hate the treatment so much that they do not use it frequently enough to see optimal results. The CPAP is a bulky machine that delivers air through a mask worn over the nose and mouth, and many patients find it uncomfortable and inconvenient.
Our dentists have received training to provide sleep apnea treatment with oral airway appliances. Oral appliances for sleep apnea are designed to keep the jaw in its proper position during sleep. These appliances:
- Keep the airway open and allow the patient to breathe easily each night
- Are comfortable for the patient, allowing the patient to be more compliant with treatment
- Are portable and easy to clean
Sleep is essential to your health and wellbeing, so if you suspect you or a loved one is suffering from OSA, contact our office. We can help with a noninvasive treatment that will make a significant change in your daily life.
Sleep apnea therapy will allow you to sleep and breathe properly. You’ll enjoy steadier emotions, greater concentration, and higher levels of alertness every day. To learn more about stopping the sleep apnea cycle, call our office today.