Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment in Sedalia, MO
If you are married or have a partner, you probably value your quiet time at the end of a long day. It can be some of the most valuable time in a relationship!
If you or your partner snores, however, you know how disruptive it can be to share a bed. Many couples are forced into separate sleeping arrangements, which can result in a strain on the relationship.
Loud snoring can also indicate a serious underlying medical condition known as obstructive sleep apnea.
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
Dr. Jon will work in conjunction with your primary care physician to obtain a sleep study to determine if your snoring is caused by obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition that creates a blocked airway during the relaxed state of sleep.
In many cases, a sleep study in your own bed is a possibility. If the results are inconclusive, however, the sleep specialist may require an overnight study in a clinic.
Sleep studies measure the number of times you awaken per night because of a blocked airway. While you may have no memory of waking from sleep, it can happen dozens of times per night, reducing the quality of your sleep.
If you suffer from OSA, you may not be getting the sleep you need to enjoy a healthy life. You may also be deprived of the oxygen you need for the vital functions in your body, leading to serious health consequences.
Health Consequences Associated with OSA
Snoring is annoying and can ruin a good night’s sleep, but OSA may lead to additional serious health consequences.
Some of these include:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Mood disorders
- Daytime drowsiness
- Sudden death
- Liver problems
The causes of OSA include loose tissue at the back of the throat, a wide neck circumference, obesity, and age (over 40). OSA is more common in males.
The severity of OSA increases with alcohol use and certain medications.
Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
In many cases, doctors recommend a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine to treat sleep apnea. It works by keeping your airway open using a constant flow of air. Patients who tolerate the CPAP machine well get great results. Not everyone can get used to wearing the mask or the sound of the machine, however. For those patients, we offer an alternative to CPAP treatment.
Oral appliance therapy is an effective way to treat sleep apnea, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
We'll design a custom oral appliance that you wear during sleep. Your oral appliance will fit snugly and gently open your airway by either moving your lower jaw forward or changing the position of your tongue so you can breathe properly.
Oral appliance therapy works well for patients who want a convenient and comfortable alternative to CPAP treatment.
Do You Snore?
Contact Tiger Family Dental and we can take the first step toward helping you enjoy a good night’s sleep.