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Sleep Apnea

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Are you or your partner suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

Do you constantly feel tired when you wake up in the morning, even after you thought was a good nights rest?

Are you sleepy during the day? Sometimes so sleepy you can’t struggle to stay awake?

Are you crabbier lately? Or feel like you can’t focus?

Is your sleep partner complaining about your snoring?

Have you been told you stop breathing while sleeping?

Do you wake up gasping for air at night?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you or your companion may have a breathing disorder known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).  But you are not alone.  OSA is one of the mostly commonly diagnosed sleep disorders.  It occurs when your sleep has been interrupted, typically for at least 10 seconds, which can occur hundreds of times in a single night.  During these episodes, the soft tissue at the back of your throat collapses, constricting your airway and preventing normal breathing.  The result is a loss in oxygen, which can seriously impact your health.

How do I know if I have OSA?

If we are concerned you may have OSA, we will talk to you about having a sleep test.  This will give you the information needed to determine if OSA is the cause for your sleepless nights and/or snoring.  Sleep apnea is a very serious, and potentially life-threatening condition.

Some symptoms associated with sleep disorders including sleep apnea:

Memory loss

Difficulty in concentrating

Headaches

Trouble staying awake in the day

Feeling fatigue

Waking with a choking or gasping sound

Insomnia

Snoring loudly

If you have any questions about whether you or a family member may have risk factors of OSA, contact our office for a comprehensive screening.  At whole dental wellness care about more than just your teeth.  We care about you.  Rest assured we will do everything we can to get your the proper treatment so you can be your most alert, healthiest you.

When would a nightguard be recommended to treat my OSA?

If following a sleep test your sleep physician diagnoses you with mild or moderate OSA, they will likely recommend a nightguard to help you breath better while sleeping.

At whole dental wellness, our doctors are highly trained in making these specialized appliances.   The are quite similar to the mouthguards that people wear when they play sports.  Just a bit fancier.

These specialized nightguards adjust your jaw to a new position while sleeping, allowing you to breath better and stop snoring.

Many of our patients – especially those who sleep on their backs – have seen amazing results from these highly specialized nightguards.

Why may a nightguard be a great treatment option?

Unlike CPAP – a breathing machine commonly recommended for more severe cases of OSA. Why?

You will actually use it!  Studies have shown that up to 50% of CPAP users discontinue their CPAP therapy within 3 weeks.  Don’t get us wrong, if your physician recommends CPAP, you should make every effort to use it as directed, as its efficacy is better than an oral device.  However, if you know yourself and know you aren’t going to stick with it, a dental device may be a more realistic option for you.

They require no electricity. If you are a frequent traveler or avid camper, having to carry a bulky generator or find a power source for the machine can be a hassle.

Even if you use CPAP regularly, it may be handy to have an alternative to use as a backup if your CPAP needs repair or replacement or you’re unable to pack it when going on a trip or vacation

They are easy to use

They are comfortable

They are easy to carry

They are silent

They are less noticeable (if you are self conscious about wearing a mask to bed)

They are affordable