Sleep Apnea Treatment in Swanton, OH
The National Institutes of Health estimates that over 12 million Americans have some form of sleep apnea, a disorder characterized by intermittent cessation of breath during sleep. Many of these individuals are unaware that they have sleep apnea. In fact, it’s not uncommon for sleep apnea to go unnoticed until the individual’s significant other points it out to them. While snoring is the most well-known symptom of sleep apnea, the disorder can cause a multitude of troublesome symptoms and have a serious effect on one’s health.
If you believe sleep apnea is causing you — and your partner — to lose sleep at night, Dental Health Associates in Swanton can help. Our team works with top sleep specialists in the area who have years of experience recognizing and treating symptoms of sleep apnea.
Forms of Sleep Apnea
There are three main types of sleep apnea:
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway is blocked by a genetic abnormality such as excessive tissue in the back of the throat, tongue or nose. OSA is the most common form of sleep apnea.
Central sleep apnea is a result of the brain failing to send proper signals to the muscles responsible for breathing.
Mixed sleep apnea, also known as complex sleep apnea, is a combination of central sleep apnea and OSA.
Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Symptoms of sleep apnea vary patient to patient. They can include the following:
- Loud snoring
- Gasping for air or choking during sleep
- Dry mouth or sore throat when waking up
- Headaches, especially in the morning
- Frequent urination at night
- Daytime fatigue or drowsiness
- Irritability or mood swings
- Memory problems or trouble concentrating
If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to a myriad of health problems. Research shows sleep apnea is linked to heart disease, diabetes, depression and anxiety. People who are sleep deprived as a result of sleep apnea are also at risk of motor vehicle accidents and workplace accidents. Proper diagnosis and treatment are critical to reduce these risks.
Treating Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a sleep specialist. If our team suspects you have sleep apnea, we will have you enroll in a sleep study. We can perform the sleep study at your home or in our office. The sleep study will record your breathing pattern, brain activity, eye movements, snoring, heart rate and other important measurements while you sleep.
There are several treatment options for sleep apnea. The most well-known option involves wearing a mask over the mouth and nose while you sleep. The mask is connected to a CPAP machine that sends a continual flow of pressurized air into the throat, keeping the airway passage open and preventing cessations in breath.
Although widely used, CPAP machines have been criticized for being uncomfortable, loud and bulky. Dental Health Associates offers a more comfortable and convenient alternative. Oral appliance therapy involves wearing a custom-made device in the mouth that works to keep the airway passage open while you sleep. Many patients prefer oral appliance therapy over CPAP machines because they are small, portable and unlike CPAP machines, do not make any noise, allowing you to get a better night’s rest. Dental Health Associates offers several oral appliance options, including the dorsal appliances and Dream Tap. We can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each during an in-person appointment.
Depending on your coverage, your medical insurance may cover all or a portion of your sleep apnea treatment. Our team will work with your insurance company to ensure your health benefits are maximized.
To learn more about sleep apnea, please contact Dental Health Associates in Swanton and schedule an appointment today.