Many people have heard of sleep apnea, but know little about the condition. Others think the only real side effect of sleep apnea is loud (often annoying) snoring. Unfortunately Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious medical condition, one that can have negative repercussions on many aspects of a person’s life. From daytime tiredness and difficulty concentrating, to irritability and depression, these are just a few of the common symptoms of sleep apnea. High blood pressure and heart problems can also be caused or worsened by sleep apnea. Fortunately, your dentist may be able to help address your OSA, leading to better rest and improve overall health. So if you think you could be struggling with OSA, it is time to schedule an appointment with a dentist that specializes in sleep apnea treatment.
CPAP Machines Make Breathing Easier
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy has become one popular way of treating OSA. This treatment involves using a CPAP machine designed to help increase a person’s air pressure, in order to prevent the airway from collapsing as one sleeps. These machines send air through a tube and mask into the throat, using a pump system which can be highly effective at preventing OSA.
If you snore, you (and your partner) may find it annoying. But this very common condition that many people suffer from may be an indication of a far more serious issue.
Loud snoring – especially when it’s accompanied by daytime fatigue – may be a sign of sleep apnea. In this blog, the sleep apnea specialist at eos dental sleep will explain the signs of sleep apnea and how oral appliance therapy can help.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep. This can happen hundreds of times a night without you even being aware of it.
This is typically a chronic condition that interrupts your sleep and leads to excessive daytime sleepiness. It has also been linked to serious overall health issues such as diabetes and heart disease.
What are the signs of sleep apnea?
It can be difficult to identify the signs of sleep apnea on your own, since the most prominent symptoms only occur when you’re asleep.
Common signs of sleep apnea include any of the following:
However, even with all of the options and advances in PAP
therapy, some people are still unable to tolerate any kind of PAP due to
discomfort. (And before you nod your head in agreement, we recommend
that you check our list of remedies for common CPAP problems).
Whatever the reason, some patients have given up on
continuing PAP treatment altogether. But just because they put away
their PAP mask doesn’t mean that their apnea is gone as well. As an
alternative to PAP treatment, you can recommend a dental device as a
possible option that can help treat sleep apnea in some patients.
How do oral appliances treat sleep apnea?
Oral appliances, fit by qualified dentists, are an
alternative treatment for many patients who can’t use or don’t want to
use PAP therapy. They come in many different designs, but for the most
part, they are usually custom made. The main purpose of the dental
device is to keep the airway open during sleep, thereby preventing
it from collapsing and blocking the normal flow of air during
Bayshore Snoring & CPAP Alternatives help patients who are suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea to find a comfortable, effective treatment option with Oral Appliance Therapy. Dr. Bollinger's practice is located in Newport Beach, CA and regularly treats patients throughout all of Orange County. Many patients are prescribed a CPAP machine that they end up no longer wearing at night, such patients are perfect candidates for an Oral Appliance, a custom mouthpiece that stops snoring and sleep apnea allowing patients to get a fulfilling and healthy nights rest.