Sleep Apnea Screening and Treatment
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that affects a person’s ability to breathe while sleeping at night. The condition affects millions of people worldwide and is a catalyst for more serious health issues if not treated properly. We provide oral appliance therapy for patients with sleep apnea who are looking for better alternatives to wearing a large, bulky CPAP machine. When treated, sleep apnea symptoms disapate and normalized breathing can continue.
Why do you need treatment for Sleep Apnea?
If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a wide range of other health conditions. Some of these problems include:
- High Blood Pressure
- Depression and Anxiety
- Mood Swings
- Weight Gain
- Stroke and Heart Attack
- GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease)
Many people with sleep apnea complain of feeling exhausted throughout the day despite getting a full eight hours of sleep at night. Most don’t realize their body is continually waking up due to breathing disturbances.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Dr. Lori Logan discusses what sleep apnea is and how it can affect your health.
What makes you a good candidate for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
If you have sleep apnea or think you may have this disorder, treatment is necessary to normalize breathing patterns at night and improve overall functioning throughout the day. Treatment using an oral appliance therapy device is ideal for patients who are using or have used a CPAP machine and are unahppy with how it feels. Oral therapy devices are easier to wear and much more comfortable. They are custom made for you to provide a long-lasting and durable fit.
What happens during the procedure for Sleep Apnea Screening and Treatment?
First, we can screen you for sleep apnea to see if an oral appliance therapy device is the right choice for you. If it is determined that you have sleep apnea, a specialized mouth guard is made for you. This piece is designed to bring the lower jaw forward to open up the airway, thus leading to better breathing at night. The device must be worn nightly in order for it to be effective. Because the device is made using high-quality materials, it is durable and will last for years before needing replacement. The vast majority of patients find these devices to be easy to wear than CPAP machines.
If you think you may have sleep apnea or are looking for a better treatment alternative, call our office so that one of our helpful staff members can answer any of your questions.