Sleep Apnea Appliance Therapy in Colorado Springs
If you're experiencing chronic fatigue or loud snoring, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is an increasingly common health problem that affects millions of Americans. Many sleep apnea patients don't realize their sleep problems are caused by this potentially serious disorder. However, sleep apnea can cause more than just sleepless nights; it can be a threat to your overall health and well being, even becoming deadly in some cases. Sleep apnea treatment can significantly reduce your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Sleep apnea, that has been previously diagnosed by a medical professional, can be treated by a general dentist. We can offer convenient and reliable sleep apnea appliance options to get you resting comfortably again. Make an appointment with Anderson Family Dental today.
What is Sleep Apnea?
The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). With OSA, your airway collapses or becomes blocked as you sleep. This causes shallow breathing or pauses in breathing. When you try to breathe again, any air that squeezes past the blockage can cause loud snoring. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes, and can occur thirty times or more per hour. Typically, when normal breathing starts again, a loud snort or choking sound is heard. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common in people who are overweight, but can affect anyone, at any age.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
These long pauses in breathing lessen the quality of sleep, place strain on your body, and cause a variety of symptoms, including:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Headaches, Especially in the Morning
- Waking With a Sore Throat
- Loud Snoring
- Frequent Waking or Trips to the Bathroom at Night
- Trouble Concentrating
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
Oral Appliance Therapy: A custom mouthpiece, or oral appliance, can help alleviate your sleep apnea symptoms. Anderson Family Dental can make a custom-fitted plastic oral appliance for treating sleep apnea. The oral appliance will adjust your lower jaw and your tongue to prevent your airway from collapsing as you sleep.
CPAP Therapy: CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is a more invasive approach to sleep apnea therapy. CPAP machines use a mask that fits over your mouth and nose, or just over your nose, to continuously blow air into your throat as you sleep. The pressure from the air helps to keep your airway open. Side effects of CPAP treatment can include: dry mouth, congestion, irritated skin, and headaches. If the CPAP machine isn't calibrated properly, you may also experience stomach bloating and discomfort while wearing the mask. In essence, CPAP therapy can cause more problems than it solves.
Contact Us to Learn More About Sleep Apnea
If sleep apnea is keeping you or your loved ones from getting the peaceful night's rest you deserve, make your appointment with Dr. Anderson today to explore your sleep apnea treatment options. Anderson Family Dental proudly serves families throughout Colorado Springs, CO, Stratmoor, Falcon, Black Forest, and nearby areas.