Sleep Apnea Treatments
If you wake up fatigued or if you are told that you snore throughout the night, you may be one of the millions of Americans who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. The sleep disorder can be a quality of life issue as well as a medical problem. Sleep apnea interferes with your ability to breathe at night, causing hundreds of brief awakenings throughout the night. The condition can lead to oxygen deprivation, daytime headaches, and even increase your risk of heart disease.
Dentists Christopher Hill, Matthew Bistan, Marc Stroobants at Signature Dental in Sheboygan, WI, have a combined 40 years of professional medical experience treating sleep apnea. We offer custom mouthguards that can keep your airways open during sleep so you can feel rested and prevent serious medical issues.
Symptoms and Causes of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the soft tissues of the throat collapse during sleep, blocking the airways and repeatedly interrupting sleep. It is different from central sleep apnea (CSA), a disorder in which the brain fails to properly regulate breathing during sleep. CSA requires the attention of a specialist.
Sleep plays an important role in our mental and physical wellbeing. Getting a good night’s rest even helps our immune system function properly. When sleep is interrupted due to sleep apnea, the results can be far-reaching.
Individuals who suffer from sleep apnea often report feeling:
- Irritable throughout the day
- Drowsy at work
- Daytime sleepiness
During your examination at our Sheboygan dental practice, one of our doctors will inquire into your symptoms. He or she may ask if you:
- Snore loudly at night
- Gasp for air during sleep
- Frequently wake up throughout the night
- Have morning headaches
- Wake with a dry mouth
- Have difficulty paying attention during the day
It is important to understand the risk factors for sleep apnea. Individuals who are diagnosed with sleep apnea are often overweight. Sinus problems, heavy drinking, hypertension, smoking, and certain medications can also put you at increased risk for developing the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. During your visit to our Sheboygan office, one of our doctors will explain steps that can be taken to reduce these risk factors.
Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea
If one of our doctors diagnoses you with sleep apnea, you may be prescribed a safe and effective oral appliance. The custom-fitted appliance positions your jaw slightly forward to allow for unobstructed breathing throughout the night.
Sleep apnea can have far-reaching effects on your health, happiness, and relationships.
Many individuals with sleep apnea are familiar with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). This device is also commonly used to treat sleep apnea, but the device can be burdensome to wear and difficult to transport. Our prescription oral appliances are highly affordable, comfortable to wear, convenient to use, easy to clean, and easy to transport. Research shows that oral appliances are an effective treatment for treating sleep apnea.
Rest Easier with Our Help
Sleep apnea can have far-reaching effects on your health, happiness, and relationships. If you are ready to do something about sleep apnea, we welcome you to contact our dental office by reaching us online or calling (920) 457-2255.