Sleep Apnea Treatment
Do you or a loved one snore excessively? Do you drag yourself through the day feeling exhausted even though you feel as though you slept through the night?
It’s not uncommon to experience either one of these occasionally, but if your quality of life is suffering, there’s a good chance that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the culprit. While a CPAP machine has typically been the recommended first-line treatment for moderate to severe cases, many people find the mask cumbersome and uncomfortable and simply choose not to use it.
At Train Station Dental, Dr. John Savon has a better way. Over the years, he has been able to help many sleep apnea sufferers breathe easy again and get a good night’s sleep with a simple customized oral appliance that allows you to breathe freely and sleep well.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Apnea is described as a cessation of breathing for ten seconds or longer, and when it occurs during sleep, it’s referred to as sleep apnea. When you have sleep apnea, your tongue and the muscles and soft tissue in your throat relax and fall backward while you sleep, obstructing your airway.
Since you can’t breathe freely, your body is deprived of oxygen and struggles to wake you up to breathe. This is often accompanied by a loud gasping or snorting sound that you may not be aware of, but your sleep partner unfortunately is. For some people, these apnea episodes can occur hundreds of times a night.
If you live alone, you may not be aware you’re suffering from sleep apnea until you experience these common symptoms:
- Excessive fatigue during the day
- Inability to concentrate or focus
- Headaches upon waking
- Irritability or mood swings
Sleep apnea symptoms cause your quality of life to suffer, and when sleep apnea goes untreated, it puts your life at risk from:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Fatigue related automobile accidents
State-of-the-Art Sleep Apnea Treatment
Treating sleep apnea is essential to protect you from these risks. A CPAP mask is typically prescribed, but compliance is often a problem, and many people choose not to use this cumbersome appliance, thereby increasing their apnea risks. But there may be a more comfortable option for you.
Many sleep apnea patients at our Audubon dental office find relief with a simple oral device that moves the jaw forward during sleep. This movement opens up the airway so you can breathe freely and get the restful night’s sleep that you desperately need.
Testing for Sleep Apnea
The first step is to determine the extent of your sleep apnea. Traditionally, this involves a sleep study in an unfamiliar laboratory setting where you are hooked up to equipment that monitors your vital signs while you sleep.
But here at Train Station Dental, we offer a home sleep study test that allows us to get the sleep data we need while you rest at home in familiar surroundings. To conduct the testing, you wear a headset device that monitors your vital signs and your sleep patterns.
The results of the testing are shared with a board-certified sleep physician who will evaluate the extent of your sleep apnea and determine if you are a candidate for an oral device. Many of our patients with sleep apnea have found relief with this conservative approach.
Please Call Us for a Consultation
Untreated sleep apnea can be dangerous and even life-threatening, so if you suspect that you’re affected, please call Train Station Dental so we can arrange an appointment for you with Dr. Savon.