Snoring and Sleep Apnea Therapy Solutions
Sleep apnea can largely affect your overall health and well-being. If left untreated, it can lead to several serious health problems. If you struggle with this, we encourage you to contact Thompson Dental today so we can get you scheduled for an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Ryan Thompson. We want to make sure you receive the care you need.
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What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep breathing disorder that can become serious if left untreated. This is when your breathing stops and starts while sleeping. If you notice that your snore loudly or are not rested after a full night’s sleep, you may be experiencing sleep apnea.
Some of the most common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea are:
- Frequent, loud snoring
- Gasping or choking noises while asleep
- Severe tiredness during the day
- Frequent headaches
- Waking with a dry or sore throat
- Waking often
At-Home Sleep Test
We use WatchPAT® technology to conduct at-home sleep tests for our patients to find out if they have sleep apnea. This measures things like heart rate, oxygen in the blood, movement, body position, snoring and chest motion. After you complete this test, our dentist and team should be able to give you a diagnosis and an effective treatment plan.
Snoring and Sleep Solutions
The way we treat sleep apnea will depend on the severity of your condition. Our dentist and team will come up with a plan with the treatments that will be most beneficial for you. Below are some examples of the treatments we offer:
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy positions your jaw in a way that should allow your airways to remain open.
Nasal therapy can help assist breathing through your nasal passages to eliminate snoring and improve sleep.
Clear aligners are custom made to fit your mouth perfectly and comfortably to help improve your quality of sleep.
CPAP machines provides air at the right pressure to keep your airways from collapsing.
Types of Sleep Apnea
There are three main forms of sleep apnea. The types are:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) — This is the most common form of sleep apnea. This is when the muscles in your neck and head relax while sleeping, which causes your airway to collapse. This makes it hard to get air through and disrupts the breathing pattern.
- Central Sleep Apnea — This type of sleep apnea occurs because of a problem in the brain. Your brain is always in control of your breathing, including while you are sleeping. Central sleep apnea is when the brain fails to send the breathing signal.
- Mixed/Complex Sleep Apnea — This type of sleep apnea is a mix of both forms mentioned above.
What are the risks of untreated sleep apnea?
High Blood Pressure
Untreated sleep apnea will make it more difficult to control your blood pressure.
When you are not sleeping enough, you will struggle to think clearly and perform as you normally would.
The risk of heart disease is more severe if sleep apnea is not treated.
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