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Sleep apnea is a serious health condition that can have long-ranging complications, including fatigue, poor work performance, mood swings, and even heart attack or stroke.
Diagnosing sleep apnea is typically done by a sleep specialist. It may require you to spend a night at a sleep study center, or you may need to take home special equipment to help the specialist see how you are sleeping.
If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, you can contact your general medical provider or our office for a referral to a sleep specialist for an appropriate diagnosis.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Once you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, return to our office for an assessment. We can determine whether you are a good candidate for a sleep apnea night guard, a treatment option that does not require you to sleep with a bulky mask hooked up to a noisy machine. While continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is effective, as many as 50% of patients simply cannot tolerate it. A night guard is discreet, comfortable, and easy to travel with – an important feature if you need to sleep on a plane or enjoy camping!
Sleep apnea is a serious systemic condition that affects your entire body. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, your doctor may have recommended that you use a type of therapy called continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP. CPAP therapy involves the use of a mask, which is held in place by straps and connected to tubing that runs to a small machine similar to an air compressor. While you sleep, the machine blows air into your mask, which helps to keep your airway open.
This therapy is often quite effective, but it does have some drawbacks. About 50% of the people who try CPAP therapy ultimately fail it. The noise of the machine, the discomfort of the mask and straps, and the inconvenience of having to carry the device anytime you travel can quickly get old.
Sleep apnea can also be effectively treated using a custom-made nightguard. The guard is worn while you are sleeping, and it holds your jaw in a position that allows for unobstructed airflow. Dr. Burgdorf is happy to discuss your sleep apnea diagnosis with you and provide a recommendation as to whether treatment with an occlusal guard is the right choice for you. For more information, call our dental office today at (314) 291-9000!
Sleep apnea is a very serious condition that requires intervention. If you sleep alone, you may not be all that concerned about the heavy snoring and gasping that is associated with sleep apnea, but if you fail to treat it, you will eventually be bothered by the other symptoms and complications that go along with this condition.
The Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea Can Include
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Feeling exhausted in the morning
- Dry or sore throat
- Headaches in the morning
- Difficulty focusing throughout the day
- Decreased productivity
- Depression or mood swings
- Slow reflexes
- Increased risk of falling asleep during the day
- Increased risk of vehicular accidents caused by drowsiness at the wheel
Sleep apnea also takes a heavy toll on your cardiovascular system. This condition is linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes. Other health conditions that are linked to sleep apnea include diabetes and weight gain.
Bridgeton dentist Dr. Burgdorf takes the health of his patients seriously. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea but don’t like the idea of a bothersome CPAP mask, talk to us about a discreet and convenient night guard. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel when you get a good night’s sleep, free from sleep apnea.
To make the right decision in your unique circumstances, it’s best to consult with both Dr. Burgdorf and your primary care provider. Dr. Burgdorf is happy to work with your doctor to coordinate care and make sure that you get the treatment that is best for you.
CPAP therapy (continuous positive airway pressure) is often the first-line therapy recommended for patients with sleep apnea. You wear a mask over your nose and mouth that is connected to a machine that pumps air into your nose while you sleep, keeping your breathing passage open. While this therapy is effective when used regularly, about 50% of sleep apnea patients have trouble with it. Some find the mask too uncomfortable, others are bothered by the noise of the machine, and still others are frustrated by the inconvenience of having to bring the machine with them everywhere they go (especially if they travel on a regular basis).
Oral Appliances At Our Bridgeton Office
Oral appliances to treat sleep apnea are often an excellent solution for these patients. They effectively treat the sleep apnea, are comfortable to wear (although it could take a couple days to get used to), and are easily portable. Your sleeping partner will also likely appreciate that they don’t make any noise!
If you’re struggling with CPAP or not interested in trying it, call our office for an evaluation to see if a night guard for sleep apnea is right for you.
Sleep apnea is a serious health condition in which you stop breathing repeatedly throughout the night. In order to breathe again, you must rouse slightly, resulting in broken sleep and daytime fatigue.
Many people do not realize that they have this condition. They may note that they are tired throughout the day, have frequent headaches and mood swings, or that they wake up with a sore throat every day, but unless their partner informs them that they snore and gasp repeatedly, they may never realize the cause of their symptoms.
In addition to causing you to feel lousy throughout the day, sleep apnea also has more serious repercussions. Sleep apnea is linked to other health conditions including high blood pressure, strokes, and heart attacks. If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, it’s important to let your doctor know so that you can be tested at an accredited sleep study center.
Talk To Your Bridgeton Dentist About Sleep Apnea
If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, the solution may be as simple as a custom-made mouthguard that holds your jaw in a forward position while you are sleeping so that the airway stays open and you can breathe without obstruction. For more information about sleep apnea and night guards, please call our office.