Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment
Do you snore and keep your partner up at night? Many patients report having to sleep in a separate room because of loud snoring, which interrupts intimacy and has a negative impact on your quality of life.
We can help.
What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Snoring is a nuisance and can also indicate the presence of a sleep condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Sleep apnea occurs when the structure and tissue at the back of the throat relax during sleep and obstruct the airway. A blocked airway causes the vibrations you hear when someone snores and can become so severe that it stops breathing altogether.
When breathing is interrupted, the brain receives a signal to wake up, disturbing the natural sleep cycle and reducing restorative sleep. Sleep-disordered breathing also deprives the body of the oxygen it needs to function optimally, resulting in some serious health conditions:
- Heart disease
- Weight gain
- Depression and anxiety
- Daytime fatigue
- Premature death
Treating sleep apnea can improve your overall health and quality of life. Feeling tired all the time is no way to live.
Diagnosing Obstructive Sleep Apnea
For an accurate OSA diagnosis, you will need to make an appointment with your physician for a referral to an accredited sleep specialist to perform a sleep study. In most cases, you can take a small unit home that will monitor your sleep cycles and oxygen levels throughout the night. Occasionally, sleep specialists will recommend an overnight sleep clinic study.
Once the sleep specialist interprets the results, they will provide you with treatment options, usually beginning with continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) therapy.
CPAP therapy requires patients to wear a face mask that uses a steady flow of oxygen to keep the airway open. Unfortunately, many patients find the face mask cumbersome and take it off during the night or fail to wear it at all, leaving them unprotected.
Oral Appliance Therapy for Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Our dentists, Dr. Clark Brinton and Dr. Paul E. Ortiz, provide patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea with an alternative – oral appliance therapy. We design custom snoring and sleep apnea appliances in our Portland dental office.
Snore guards and sleep apnea devices gently reposition the lower jaw, opening the airway for an improved flow of oxygen. Because your appliance is made just for you, it will stay in place during sleep. Many of our patients find that this method of controlling and reducing sleep apnea is far more convenient, especially for traveling.
Are You Longing for Restful Sleep?
Contact us to book an appointment with one of our dentists to learn more about alternatives to CPAP therapy. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends oral appliances for patients who are non-compliant or request an alternative to CPAP therapy.
Give us a call and look forward to waking up refreshed.