Sleep Apnea Treatment
Restless nights caused by sleep apnea can take a toll on your well-being and can even heighten your risk of life-threatening conditions.
Drs. Michael Haight and Matthew Martinez in Albuquerque, NM, provide conservative sleep apnea treatment so you can sleep better and live a healthier, fuller life.
How can sleep apnea treatment benefit me?
Simple Treatments Can Significantly Improve Your Quality of Life
Sleep apnea causes you to temporarily stop breathing and briefly awaken, often hundreds of times per night. Sleep apnea treatment can allow you to get a better night's sleep.
Many patients who receive treatment for sleep apnea experience fewer moods swings and improved concentration. This can translate to an overall boost in their general wellbeing.
By addressing your sleep apnea symptoms, our doctors can lower your risk for related health concerns, including hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and mood disorders.
Take a look at how treatment can affect your sleep apnea symptoms...
Not convinced that sleep apnea treatment can help?
Oral Appliance Therapy is Only Recommended for OSA Sufferers
There are three types of sleep apnea including central sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, and mixed sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of the condition. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea stop breathing during the night because something is blocking their airway. The airway often becomes blocked when throat muscles relax. An oral appliance is designed to correct this issue by keeping the airway open. Since central sleep apnea occurs when the brain doesn’t send the correct signals to the muscles that control breathing so an oral appliance would not be effective.
How do I know if my case qualifies for conservative treatment?
You May Be a Candidate for an Oral Appliance If:
Lifestyle Changes Were Unsuccessful
Many cases of sleep apnea are often quite simple to treat. Sometimes changing your sleeping position, losing weight, or having your tonsils removed can help alleviate the problem.
Your Condition Is Not Severe
For mild and moderate cases, a custom oral appliance may be the best solution. However, for more severe cases of sleep apnea, a CPAP machine may be necessary.
I can live with being tired. Is treatment really necessary?
Over a Lifetime, Sleep Apnea Can Drastically Impact Your Health
In addition to making normal daily activities significantly more difficult, such as a long commute, sleep apnea is also connected to more serious long-term health problems such as depression, heart disease, and strokes. These concerns can not only lessen your quality of life but could even shorten your life span. In order to protect your health, it is essential that you begin treatment as soon as possible.
Who is at risk for sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans, but some people are more at risk than others.
People who may have a higher risk of sleep apnea include:
- People over 40
- People who have type 2 diabetes
- People who are overweight
- People who smoke
- People who have frequent nasal congestion
- People with a family history of sleep apnea
What causes sleep apnea?
In most cases, a mechanical issue inside the mouth causes sleep apnea. Sometimes the tongue falls back against the soft palate and the soft palate falls back against the throat to obstruct the airway.
What are the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea?
Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Extreme exhaustion
- Difficulty staying awake while driving
- Trouble focusing
- Weight gain
- Extreme daytime sleepiness
- Headaches in the mornings
- Having a very sore throat or dry mouth in the morning
- Loud snoring
- Waking up to a gasping or choking sensation
How is sleep apnea treated?
Parkway Dental offers custom-made oral appliances as sleep apnea treatment that will keep your airway open while you sleep. These are designed on an individual basis so they’ll correctly and comfortably fit inside your mouth. Wearing the oral appliance while you sleep can prevent your airway from collapsing and ensure you get a good night’s rest.
What should you do if you think you have sleep apnea?
If you think you may have sleep apnea you should seek treatment right away before your overall health suffers. Schedule a consultation at Parkway Dental and ask for a diagnosis.
The team at Parkway Dental is proud to provide an exceptional dental experience through:
- Comfortable, personalized treatment
- Patient education
- High-quality materials and the latest technology
- World-class care
To schedule your consultation at our Albuquerque office, contact us online or call us at (505) 298-7479.