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Sleep Apnea Treatment in Elk Grove
If you’ve been having trouble sleeping through the night, have noticed heavy snoring, or feel drowsy and poorly-rested even after getting 7-8 hours of sleep, you may have sleep apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is extremely common and affects more than 22 million Americans. Dr. Winslow can help patients with sleep apnea by creating custom night guards to encourage healthier breathing during sleep. Contact us today to see if our treatment options are right for you.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Common Symptoms and Effects
The most common type of sleep apnea is known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This type of apnea occurs when the soft tissues of the mouth and throat sag and collapse during the night. When this happens, they may obstruct the airway, preventing proper breathing and blood oxygenation for a period of 1-10 seconds or longer.
The signs and symptoms may vary, based on your condition. You may notice heavy snoring. This can indicate OSA, especially when combined with pauses in breathing, choking, or gasping noises upon waking up. Other common side effects and signs of OSA include waking up with a dry or sore throat, sleepiness and lack of energy during the day, and morning headaches.
In the short-term, OSA can have a number of unpleasant effects, such as drowsiness, forgetfulness, mood swings, and a decrease in your libido. In the long term, the frequent interruptions of breathing caused by OSA can increase your risk of heart failure, coronary heart disease, and stroke.
Our Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Night Guards for Better Sleep
Night guards are growing in popularity as a treatment for sleep apnea. Compared to other methods of treatment like CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machines, night guards are smaller, easier to transport, and more convenient.
A CPAP machine uses a stream of positively pressurized air to prevent your tissues from sagging and collapsing. This is very effective, but requires a loud, bulky machine that must be powered by a wall outlet, and is often hard to maintain and transport.
For more minor cases of apnea, a night guard is often a better option. Your night guard will be designed to reposition your jaw and prevent your oral tissues from sagging into your airway during sleep. When properly designed and fitted, a night guard is a convenient, cost-effective way to prevent sleep apnea and ensure that you can get better, more restful sleep.
Find Out If You’re a Candidate
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You will most likely be a good candidate for this treatment if you have minor sleep apnea. However, a night guard alone may not be enough to resolve serious cases of OSA. For severe apnea, a CPAP machine may be a better choice. Surgery to remove the tonsils, adenoids and other tissue that may block the airway during sleep may even be recommended in some cases. To determine if you’re a good candidate for treatment with a nightguard, it is important to consult with a sleep doctor and with a qualified dentist like Dr. Winslow.