Sleep apnea is a condition that affects millions of people around the world. It can be characterized by severe chronic snoring and difficulty breathing during the night.
These symptoms occur as a result of pinched or closed air passages in the back of the throat. If the tissues in those airways become too relaxed, or the positioning of the jaw and tongue is misaligned, the sleeper can actually stop breathing altogether.
The brain has one last recourse to solve this; the sleeper wakes up long enough to take in a deep breath and open up those air passages once again. In very minor apnea cases, this only happens a few times a night. However, sufferers of more severe apnea can wake as many as hundreds of times each night.
This results in severely interrupted sleep and chronic daytime exhaustion. Apnea is also linked to several more severe health problems like high blood pressure and heart problems as a result of low oxygen intake.
If you or someone you love shows one or more of these symptoms, it’s possible that they have obstructive sleep apnea.
It often takes an extensive sleep study to properly diagnose this condition, but Endres Dentistry has an amazing offer available to you instead. Here in our office, we have a device that we lend out, so you can do a sleep study right in the comfort of your own home.
With the results from that study, we are able not only to diagnose sleep apnea but also to prepare a treatment plan that will be unique to you.
Apnea Treatment Options
The traditional treatment method for obstructive sleep apnea is the CPAP machine. This device pumps air through your passageways as you sleep, which keeps them open. The CPAP is certainly effective, but it is also a lot to deal with for some patients. The machines are difficult to travel with and can be cumbersome to wear during the night.
That’s why Endres Dentistry prefers a great CPAP alternative: the oral appliance. This device is small, portable, easy to maintain, and requires no electricity. It is simply a custom-designed guard that fits into your mouth.
This appliance holds the teeth, jaw, and tongue in a position that prevents airways from closing during the night. Whether your symptoms stem from sleep apnea or not, this oral appliance can help you to stop snoring and start sleeping soundly all the way through the night.
Talk to Us Today
If you think that you may be suffering from sleep apnea, don’t hesitate to give us a call right away. We are more than happy to answer any questions about our sleep study program and to set you up for a diagnosis.