Sleep Apnea Castle Rock, CO
Loud snoring can ruin anyone’s rest. It can cause couples to sleep in different rooms, which can put their intimacy at risk.
Snoring is not just an annoying habit. It can also indicate a serious underlying medical condition called obstructive sleep apnea.
What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, occurs when the airway closes during sleep. This results in loud snoring and frequent waking during sleep. Though the sufferer may not be aware of the constant waking, it can happen up to hundreds of times per night, making it impossible to get the regenerative sleep necessary for proper organ function.
Common OSA symptoms include:
- Gasping for air
- Waking with a sore throat
- Feeling groggy throughout the day
- Moodiness and depression
- Weight gain
- Dry mouth
- Inability to concentrate
- Teeth grinding
Researchers have discovered links between OSA and other serious medical conditions, including heart disease, heart attacks, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, and even early death. When left untreated, OSA can negatively impact nearly every aspect of your life.
If you suspect you have OSA, it is a good idea to talk to your primary care physician, who can provide you with a referral. Accurate diagnosis of OSA requires an at-home or clinical sleep study. Sleep analysts will monitor your sleep to determine its quality, as well as observe the frequency of sleep interruption incidents that occur.
This will determine the severity of your sleep apnea and help providers recommend an effective treatment.
Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
In many cases, the first line of treatment for sleep apnea will include CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) therapy. CPAP therapy requires the use of a breathing machine and a facemask that you wear while you sleep. The machine uses forced air to open your airway, allowing proper sleep and the required oxygen you need to stay healthy.
The problem with CPAP therapy is that some patients do not tolerate it well. It can make sleeping difficult, and some patients never fully adjust to using the breathing machine. Oftentimes, they will remove it during sleep, preventing the positive impact it is meant to provide. CPAP therapy also makes travel difficult.
At Oakwood Dental, we offer a more comfortable alternative called oral appliance therapy, or OAT. OAT works by creating a custom nightguard that is especially designed to help keep your airway open. In most cases, it will gently move your lower jaw into a forward position, removing the pressure from the excess tissue at the back of your throat. Many patients find OAT therapy is easier to tolerate and more convenient, especially for those who like to travel or camp.
Do You Suffer from Loud Snoring?
Contact our Castle Rock dental office to schedule a consultation with one of our sleep apnea dentists. They have helped many patients just like you enjoy a better night’s sleep and improved overall health without the need for a CPAP machine.