If you or someone in your family in Elizabeth, CO is struggling to sleep at night due to it being hard to breathe, they could be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea or OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) is a disorder where a narrow airway makes it hard to breathe at night. Unfortunately, this disorder is very common and causes many problems.
Signs and Causes of Sleep Apnea
When trying to determine whether or not you have sleep apnea it is best to go to your general physician to get diagnosed. Some signs that point to sleep apnea include:
Loud snoring while sleeping. Even though not all snorers have sleep apnea, it is a common problem that happens to people with the disorder.
Constantly waking up during the night not being able to breathe
Continuous morning headaches
If you or a loved one has these issues it is best to go see a physician.
There are many natural and developed causes of sleep apnea. One of the most common causes is having a narrow airway that doesn’t allow for much air to enter the lungs while sleeping. Some other causes are, being overweight, genetic issues, and substance abuse.
Treatments for Sleep Apnea
When it comes to treating sleep apnea there are options to choose from. With help from your general physician and dentist, a treatment plan tailored specifically to you can be created.
The most common treatment is the nightly use of the CPAP machine. By blowing air into your mouth it forces the soft tissues in the back of your mouth to expand, creating a larger space for the air to flow. This non-invasive treatment is effective, but not a permanent way to open the airway for easier breathing.
More effective than the CPAP machine is the dental appliance that is used to help expand soft tissues to open the airway. Much designed like a retainer, this appliance is used to help guide your mouth into a better place to help overall breathing.
Most permanent of the treatment plans, but can also be the most expensive. When recommended by a dentist, a patient will see an oral surgeon that will expand the airway to ensure better airflow while sleeping.
Timberline Family Dentistry is proud to be serving the people of Elizabeth giving them the best dental opportunities available. Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that can cause many health problems, and it is essential to receive treatment quickly. To us, the overall health of our patients is what is most important. If you have any questions about sleep apnea and would like to learn more about treatment please stop by our office, we would love to see you!