Sleep Apnea Treatment – Wayne, PA
Getting the Rest You Deserve
Lately, have you noticed that you’re feeling exhausted throughout the day or have trouble focusing? It may mean that you’re not getting the good night’s sleep you think you are. About 22 million people suffer from the disorder known as sleep apnea – and most of them don’t even realize it until it endangers their health. If you think you might have sleep apnea, get in touch with Wayne Family Dentistry right away; our dental experts can help you find relief thanks to the help of a custom-made oral appliance.
What is Sleep Apnea?
When you fall asleep, it’s up to your brain to make sure you continue breathing so that your body gets the oxygen it needs to operate correctly. Sometimes, however, there’s an issue that causes you to stop breathing during your slumber, and it can sometimes happen hundreds of times every night. This is the condition known as sleep apnea.
While sleep apnea is occasionally caused by an issue with the brain, by far the most common cause is an obstruction in the airway, normally due to relaxed tissues in the mouth or throat collapsing. People who are obese or have naturally narrow airways are at a particularly high risk for sleep apnea.
Patients who suffer from sleep apnea usually also experience poor quality sleep as a result of the body repeatedly waking up to get air. (These awakenings are quick, so you might not remember them.) Consequently, you may feel extremely drowsy during the day and could drift off at inopportune moments, such as on the highway. Over the long term, sleep apnea is also associated with life-threatening heart problems.
Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
If you’re wondering whether you’re suffering from sleep apnea, ask yourself if you’re experiencing:
- Regular sleepiness or a general lack of energy throughout the day
- A very sore or dry throat in the morning
- Loud snoring or restless sleep (which would normally be noticed by someone else)
- Morning headaches
- Forgetfulness and a general lack of focus
- Occasional choking or gasping sensations upon awakening
Many of these symptoms might also point to other disorders, so it’s important to talk to an expert who can have your condition properly diagnosed before seeking sleep apnea treatment in Wayne.
What Treatment Options are There for Sleep Apnea?
Traditionally, doctors have used CPAP therapy as a solution for sleep apnea. This treatment uses a mask and a machine to provide a constant stream of air that keeps the airway open. While CPAP can be effective, many patients simply can’t sleep with the discomfort of the mask or the noise of the machine.
At Wayne Family Dentistry, we can offer custom-made oral appliances that adjust the position of your jaw in a way that helps prevent soft tissues in the mouth or throat from blocking the airway. This treatment has several benefits compared to CPAP therapy:
- Oral appliances are usually much more comfortable than restrictive CPAP masks.
- An oral appliance can be custom designed to fit perfectly in your mouth.
- Unlike a bulky CPAP machine, oral appliances are convenient to pack while traveling.