Sleep Apnea Treatment in Phinney Ridge
Quality sleep is not only enjoyable, but also necessary for your overall health and wellness. People who suffer from sleep disorders often have related medical conditions that put them at risk.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 50 to 70 million American adults suffer from some type of sleep disorder. Sleep disorders affect your health and quality of life.
Snoring and What It May Mean
Snoring is disruptive to your bed partner, and many people who suffer from snoring may choose to sleep in separate rooms. This threatens intimacy and may create relationship problems, especially as a long-term solution. Earplugs, nose strips, white noise, and other environmental solutions only work so well and may leave both partners tired and moody.
Snoring is not only an annoying nuisance to your bed partner; it can also be an indication of a serious medical condition known as obstructive sleep apnea.
What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that blocks your airway while you sleep. It is more common in overweight and obese people, men over 40, people with thick necks, people with high blood pressure, and African-Americans.
Because your breathing is disrupted up to hundreds of times per night, you do not get the amount or quality of sleep you need to stay healthy. You may wake up feeling groggy or experience afternoon fatigue. OSA also puts you at a greater risk for certain medical conditions such as:
- Depression or anxiety
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Daytime sleepiness or dozing
- Male erectile dysfunction
Since you do not receive adequate rest, you will also be at greater risk for automobile accidents. This can put you and others in danger.
Diagnosis and Treatment of OSA
Proper diagnosis of OSA usually requires a clinical or at-home sleep study. You will wear a monitor and your results are analyzed by a sleep specialist. Once you receive a positive diagnosis, the first line of treatment is often a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine. A CPAP works by keeping your airway open using a constant flow of air.
While CPAP treatment works great for many patients, some do not tolerate it well and cannot get used to wearing a face mask at night or find that they remove it during their sleep.
Oral Appliance Therapy for OSA
At Phinney Ridge Dental, we offer an alternative to CPAP treatment. We make custom oral appliances that open your airway by gently sliding your lower jaw forward. This treatment is effective for millions of patients and is approved as an effective OSA treatment by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Many patients find that oral appliance therapy is more comfortable, convenient, and easier to adjust to than CPAP therapy.
Contact Us to Learn More about Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment
If you or your partner suffers from snoring or sleep apnea, schedule an appointment with Dr. Micah Bickel in our Seattle, WA dental office. We look forward to helping you achieve better health with a great night’s sleep!