Sleep Apnea Treatment Can Improve Your Symptoms and Quality of Life
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common disorder that causes your breathing to be interrupted at night. In turn, you may suffer from constant fatigue, irritability, headaches, and many other symptoms. Dr. Kyle F. Long offers safe and effective sleep apnea treatment at his Denver, CO, practice. Most often, he will provide an oral appliance that will lightly push your lower jaw forward and prevent your soft palate from blocking your throat. Sleep apnea can severely impact your general quality of life, as well as your long-term health. Our care can help you feel and function your best, and in some cases, it could even extend your life.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
There are two types of sleep apnea. Both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea (CSA) cause repeated disruptions to your breathing. If you have OSA, your throat or soft palate will collapse while you are asleep, blocking the airway. CSA is a neurological condition that occurs when your brain does not instruct your body to keep breathing during sleep. With both conditions, you will quickly resume breathing, but you will fully or partially wake up to do so throughout the night.
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
Many times, you may not realize that your sleep has been disrupted. Therefore, it can be tricky to diagnose sleep apnea. As an experienced practitioner, Dr. Long can often detect the condition by evaluating your symptoms. These may include:
- Daytime fatigue
- Waking up exhausted, despite a full eight hours of sleep
- Chronic headaches
- Mood swings
- Dry mouth or sore throat in the morning
- Problems concentrating or forgetfulness
- Loud snoring
You may need to see a sleep specialist for a definitive diagnosis. He or she may provide an at-home sleep study to track breathing rate, oxygen levels, and additional factors. In other cases, you may need to stay overnight at a sleep clinic for more thorough monitoring.
Sleep Apnea Treatment with Dr. Long
Dr. Long’s sleep apnea treatment is highly effective. However, if you have central sleep apnea, you will need to visit a specialist. To treat OSA, we will supply a custom-made oral appliance, which will fit over your teeth. The device will gently and comfortably push your lower jaw forward, tightening your soft palate. When the tissues are lifted, they will not block your throat. Alternatively, your dentist can fit you with a tongue-retaining device, which will keep the muscle from falling backward into your throat.
Scientists have linked sleep apnea to an increased rate of heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure.
Oral appliances are very comfortable and highly successful. They are especially beneficial in comparison to CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy, formerly the most common treatment for sleep apnea. These devices pump air through a facial mask to keep the airways open. Though they can be effective, CPAP machines are also bulky and inconvenient. Many patients are unable to adjust to them, and the quality of their sleep is actually worse than it was before treatment. On the other hand, oral appliances are small, discreet, and comfortable.
The Benefits of Sleep Apnea Treatment
Our sleep apnea care can have both immediate and long-term benefits. First, within just a few nights, the quality of your sleep could improve dramatically, meaning you will wake up less groggy and more refreshed. You may also notice a change in your mood, professional performance, and relationships.
Second, our treatment could enhance your long-term health, reducing your risk for serious health conditions. Scientists have linked sleep apnea to an increased rate of heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure. A small, comfortable mouth guard could prevent these life-threatening conditions.
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Contact us today if you are experiencing the symptoms of sleep apnea. Learn how you can benefit from our customized care and its far-reaching benefits.