Find Relief From Sleep Apnea
Chronic exhaustion, snoring, daytime confusion -- the symptoms of sleep apnea are hard to miss once you realize there’s a treatable problem behind them. Unfortunately, too many people believe poor sleep and snoring are just a side effect of getting older. That’s not true! Dr. Peter Auster and the team at Cosmetic Dentistry Associates diagnose and treat sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep breathing disorder that affects some 18 million people in the US. The most common form, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), occurs when the soft tissues of the mouth relax and partially or completely constrict the proper flow of air from the lungs to the brain during sleep.
Chronic snoring and frequent waking occur as a result of sleep apnea -- OSA sufferers can have their sleep interrupted hundreds of times in a single night.
OSA can affect patients of all ages. Risk factors include:
- Being overweight or obese (the most significant factor)
- Being older than 55
- Having a narrow throat or deviated septum
- Drinking heavily, especially before bed
- Taking certain medications that affect sleep
Do not hesitate to seek professional help if you or a partner experience any of these risk factors alongside the warning signs of sleep apnea -- like snoring, chronic exhaustion, and tossing and turning at night.
Your Dentist Diagnoses and Treats Sleep Apnea
As an expert in everything related to your mouth and surrounding oral structures, a dentist is well-equipped to handle OSA. When you schedule a consultation at Cosmetic Dentistry Associates, we will consider your symptoms and provide a home sleep test or refer you to a special clinic to determine what’s causing your interrupted sleep.
After we have this information, we can provide a more accurate diagnosis of the issue. If it is indeed OSA, that’s actually great news -- it means relief is in sight.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
Many cases of OSA can be treated with an oral appliance. It is a small device that works by holding your lower jaw in place while you are asleep, preventing its collapse and helping you to breathe smoothly throughout the night.
Some people benefit from combined therapy with an oral appliance and CPAP. The CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine keeps oxygen flowing to the brain by forcing the airway open with a steady stream of air into the throat while you are asleep.
Why Treatment for Sleep Apnea Is Crucial
Do not ignore the warning signs of sleep apnea. Left untreated, the condition can take a serious toll on your overall health. Sleep apnea has been linked to heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, as well as other serious health conditions -- and, in the worst cases, premature death. That means sometimes, seeking treatment for OSA could literally save your life.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
To learn more about sleep apnea or to discuss diagnosis and treatment for your sleep disorder, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Cosmetic Dentistry Associates today. Our team looks forward to helping you find restful relief in a full night’s sleep.