Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment Jensen Beach, FL
Heavy snoring can be an annoying nuisance to your bed partner and can also indicate a serious medical condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition causing your airway to become blocked during sleep.
This blockage can affect your oxygen levels as you sleep and cause you to subconsciously wake dozens, or even hundred of time each night. You may not even realize you suffer from OSA unless your partner tells you that you gasp for air or stop breathing as you sleep. Other clues include a sore throat upon waking and feeling exhausted or fatigued throughout the day.
Complications from OSA
This disruptive cycle of poor sleep causes or exacerbates a number of serious health conditions including:
• High blood pressure
• Mood disorders such as depression and anxiety
• Heart disease
• Early death
What Causes Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
While not every instance of sleep apnea can be linked to a definitive cause, some of the known underlying causes of sleep apnea include:
• Being overweight
• Having a thick neck
• Alcohol use
• Use of certain drugs or medications
It is also more common for men to suffer from sleep apnea, especially after the age of forty.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Typically, diagnosis for sleep apnea will include a home or clinical sleep study. Often, the first-line treatment includes the use of a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine. A CPAP machine keeps your airway open by forcing air into your airway as you sleep. For some patients, this provides a potentially life-saving solution.
For other patients, however, the CPAP machine and mask can feel cumbersome and make it difficult to sleep. The sounds from the machine may disturb them or their partner. Some patients even remove it while they sleep, meaning that they are not getting the benefit of any treatment.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine also recognizes treatment with an oral appliance as an effective front-line treatment for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
Oral Appliance Therapy Treatment for OSA
At Jensen Beach Dental, Dr. Christopher Wigley creates custom sleep apnea and snoring oral appliances. Oral appliance therapy works by using a specially designed nightguard to gently move your lower jaw forward as you sleep, keeping your air passage open.
Many patients find that oral appliance therapy provides them with a comfortable treatment alternative to the CPAP machine. Oral appliance therapy makes travel and discretion more convenient, while still providing the health benefits of CPAP treatment.
Contact Us to Learn More about Snoring and Sleep Apnea Solutions
Call our Jensen Beach dental office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Christopher Wigley and take the first step toward a better night’s sleep!