Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatments -Dr. Theodore Filandrianos, DMD
Do you snore? Are you inexplicably fatigued during your waking hours? Do you sometimes wake up gasping? If you have any of these symptoms, you may have a condition known as sleep apnea. It is not uncommon for a patient to be unaware they have any symptoms. Sometimes the only one aware you have a sleep disorder is your partner. It is helpful to ask your spouse if they recognize any of the symptoms in your sleep pattern.
Causes of Sleep Apnea
There are varying levels of sleep apnea. During sleep, your tongue relaxes along with the rest of your body. Snoring results when your tongue begins to encroach on your breathing passage. If your tongue completely impinges your breathing passage, it becomes obstructed. This results in a vicious wake-sleep cycle that destroys your ability to get restful sleep, leading to fatigue and other health problems. You may not even realize it is taking place. Some patients in a sleep study were surprised to discover their breathing was interrupted hundreds of times in just one night. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to more than constant fatigue. You may also experience weight gain, high blood pressure, or abnormal heart rhythms.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Fortunately, sleep apnea is a very treatable condition. The types of treatment vary from patient to patient. Which treatment option we use will depend on the severity of your case. We believe in taking the most conservative approach to treatment available and have found most of our patient’s apnea problems were solved simply by wearing a mandibular advancement appliance. This simple device looks a little like a sports mouth-guard and fits comfortably in your mouth. Many patients have found this treatment to be a welcome alternative to their CPAP. Our doctors will fit the oral appliance to your specific bite in order to gently re-position your jaw to clear your breathing passage. Before you know it, you will be sleeping peacefully and snore-free.
If you are ready to get a great nights sleep you may call our office to schedule an appointment, or if you prefer, you may click here to request an appointment online.