Benefits of Sleep Apnea Treatment At Midtown Dental
Our team can help you get the care you need if sleep apnea has been interrupting your ability to get restful sleep and leaving you feeling drowsy
We specialize in oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea, which is a great alternative to treatments such as CPAP machines
Our expert dentists can work with your sleep specialist to determine the best treatment option for your specific needs
You can rest and sleep without interruptions and discomfort after getting treatment from Midtown Dental Clinic
Sleep Apnea Treatment In Kennewick & Richland
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is one of the most common sleep disorders and it affects more than 22 million Americans. However, the majority of affected individuals are unaware that they are affected because they don’t know what signs or symptoms to look out for, or they mistake their disorder for heavy snoring.
Recognizing the signs of Sleep Apnea?
The most recognizable sign of sleep apnea is loud snoring accompanied by frequent pauses and interruptions in breathing. Often, you may also notice choking or gasping noises after these pauses in breathing.
Some other common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include poor-quality sleep, an inability to feel rested even after 7-8 hours of sleep, an itchy or sore throat upon waking, and daytime drowsiness and sleepiness. If you notice these issues in yourself or a sleeping partner, they may need to see a sleep specialist for diagnosis and treatment.
What is Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea. It occurs when the soft tissue of your throat and palate relaxes during sleep and interrupts your breathing. These interruptions can last 2-10 seconds or longer, and can occur hundreds of times per night.
These frequent interruptions in respiration from sleep apnea can interfere with proper blood oxygenation, interrupt restful sleep, and cause a number of other unpleasant symptoms.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
At Midtown Dental Clinic, we offer oral appliance therapy for OSA. An oral appliance is shaped similarly to a mouthguard for teeth grinding, but it’s designed to shift your jaw position when you sleep. Shifting your jaw to a healthier position prevents tissue from sagging into your airway, which provides you with relief from sleep apnea.
Another option for patients with severe apnea is a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. This machine uses a pump and a face/nose mask to deliver a constant stream of pressurized air into your airway, preventing blockage and treating sleep apnea.
What Happens if i don't get sleep apnea treatment?
In the short-term, you’ll continue to suffer from the negative effects of apnea, such as irritability, daytime drowsiness, and poor-quality sleep. There are long-term health consequences, too. Sleep apnea interrupts proper blood oxygenation, and has been shown to contribute to your risk of both heart attack and stroke. Because of this, it’s important to get the help you need from Midtown Dental Clinic and a sleep specialist if you think you have sleep apnea.