Do you struggle to stay asleep at night because of snoring? You may be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Understanding the effects that obstructive sleep apnea can have on your overall health is important for many patients. Knowing the signs of sleep apnea may help you coordinate the care you need to improve your health and get one step closer to a good night’s rest.
Visit our team at the Bethesda Dental Implant Center to explore your treatment options for sleep apnea. We have experience in treating this sleep disorder for residents in Bethesda and throughout Montgomery County.
Snoring vs. Sleep Apnea
Snoring by itself isn’t necessarily a major medical condition, but it can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a potentially dangerous sleep breathing disorder. About half of loud snorers have a form of sleep apnea. Although, most cases of sleep apnea go undiagnosed! That’s why it is important to know the common signs and symptoms. You may notice some or all of these symptoms if you have sleep apnea:
- Daytime sleepiness
- General fatigue
- Loud snoring
- Choking or gasping for air while sleeping
What makes sleep apnea different from snoring is that people with OSA stop breathing during their sleep because of a blockage in the upper airway. The blockage can keep oxygen from reaching your organs and increase your risk for heart disorders such as stroke, heart attack, and hypertension. When the blood-oxygen levels drop, it triggers the body to wake up and gasp for air.
Many people who suffer from sleep apnea are unaware that they stop breathing while they sleep. Their sleep partner may notice a gasping, choking, or snorting sound.
Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can only be diagnosed by a physician. Our dentists can perform a sleep apnea pre-screening and refer you to a local sleep specialist for a sleep study and full diagnosis. Once your condition has been diagnosed, we can create a treatment plan to treat your sleep apnea symptoms.
Traditional treatment for obstructive sleep apnea includes the use of a CPAP machine. This device is worn at night while you sleep. It acts as an assisted breathing apparatus that keeps your airway open with steady air pressure. However, many prefer alternatives to the CPAP machine because of a couple of factors. First and foremost is the issue of comfort.
Many report that it’s uncomfortable to wear. Fortunately, we offer a more convenient and comfortable oral appliance. Our treatment plans can include getting a custom mouthguard or personalized nightguard to wear while you sleep. Another option may be to get orthodontic devices. It all depends on the severity of your unique case and the status of your oral and medical health.
Schedule a Sleep Apnea Consultation
Do you or someone you know suffer from snoring or sleep apnea?
Treating sleep apnea promptly and effectively is key to restoring your health and improving your quality of sleep. Our team at Bethesda Dental Implant Center can work with you to coordinate the care you need. If you suffer from snoring and sleep apnea in the Bethesda MD area, call (301) 200-5222 to schedule an appointment for a sleep apnea pre-screening with our dental care team.