Are you looking for a discreet way to treat your sleep apnea?
Thompson Advanced Dentistry, home to Dr. Joseph Thompson, offers oral sleep devices to patients from Evans, CO who have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Treating this condition is very important to your quality of life and overall health.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common medical condition that causes patients to stop breathing while they are sleeping. When the muscles in the back of the throat relax during sleep, sometimes the soft tissues will collapse causing an obstruction. The patient will be unable to breathe and their natural instincts will briefly wake them up to re-open the airway and begin breathing again. This type of incident can happen many times during sleep. This will obviously lead to oxygen deprivation which can be the source of many health issues.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Many patients are unaware that they are suffering from any sort of sleep disorder. Diagnosing this type of sleep problem requires a sleep study. However, there are several subtle signs and symptoms that can point to OSA.
- Chronic daytime fatigue
- Brain fog, easily distracted, or issues with concentrating
- Waking up gasping for air
- Loud snoring reported by your partner
- Frequent headaches
- Snorting or choking while sleeping
- More irritable than normal
- Waking up with a dry mouth
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Most people think a CPAP is the only available treatment for sleep apnea. However, research is beginning to show that mild to moderate sleep apnea can be successfully managed with a sleep apnea mouthpiece. This oral sleep device can be worn while sleeping and will keep your airway open allowing you to breathe freely. They work by positioning the jaw and tongue forward so that the soft tissues in the back of the throat can no longer obstruct breathing.
The Benefits of an Oral Sleep Device
One obvious benefit is the cost. Not only is an oral device cheaper than a CPAP machine, but it does not require electricity. They are discreet and you will not have tubes running from your face to a bedside machine. If your mouth is closed, your partner may not even notice you are using a sleep apnea device.
Oral devices for sleep apnea are also very convenient. They are small and portable so traveling with one is not a problem. Finally, with a mouthpiece, there is no noise or air blowing in your face. Some kinds of CPAP machines are very loud and distracting. Many patients find it difficult to sleep because of this. A sleep appliance is a simple method that will keep your airway open so that you can sleep soundly.
Welcoming Patients from Evans, CO for Sleep Apnea Treatment
If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, contact Thompson Advanced Dentistry today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Thompson. Learn more about how an oral sleep device can help you find relief from your sleep apnea symptoms. We are currently welcoming patients from Evans, CO.