Does your partner snore loudly or wake to gasp for air?
Loud snoring is a common sign that you may be experiencing sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic sleep disorder that affects your emotional and physical health. Left untreated sleep apnea can lead to the development of secondary issues and may be disruptive to your productivity and overall quality of life.
LIFESmiles provides sleep apnea screenings and treatment at our Boise, ID dentist office. We help patients diagnose sleep apnea so that they can find the appropriate treatment for their needs. Treating sleep apnea can be life-saving- get screened for sleep apnea by calling (208) 254-6365 to request a sleep apnea screening.
What causes obstructive sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is most commonly caused by the collapse of soft tissue or the muscles at the back of the throat. The tissue collapses and blocks the airway disrupting the flow of oxygen to the brain and body. Patients with OSA may wake to gasp for air up to 500 times a night. Patients are unable to get a full nights rest and begin to show signs of sleep deprivation.
Patients with sleep apnea typically:
- Have difficulty concentrating
- Feel chronically fatigued
- Wake up with headaches due to oxygen deprivation
- Have higher rates of depression
- Experience agitation and frustration easily
- Have a large neck circumference
- Snore loudly while sleeping
- Maybe overweight
- Are at a higher risk for heart attacks and strokes
- Have lower sex drives
Sleep apnea can be life-threatening and should be addressed as soon as possible. Proper oxygen flow and sleep are essential to living a healthy life. Patients who do not address their sleep apnea experience an overall decrease in their quality of life and health. Restoring normal oxygen flow during sleep can help you feel refreshed when you wake in the morning.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea Boise, ID
Sleep apnea is best treated when diagnosed early. LIFESmiles offers sleep apnea screenings and oral appliance therapy for the prevention and treatment of sleep apnea. Similar to a sports mouthguard the oral appliance is custom designed to fit comfortably and securely in the mouth. The patient only wears the appliance while asleep in order to keep the airway open. The appliance aligns the jaw and muscles in such a way that the airway remains unblocked throughout the night. Patients are able to breathe freely and rest well. Oral appliance therapy stops snoring and treats sleep apnea reliving morning headaches and chronic fatigue.
The oral appliance is more discreet and often more effective than the traditional CPAP machine. Often times the bulky nature of the CPAP machine discourages patients from using it. The oral appliance is comfortable and easy to wear and offers higher compliancy rates. The discreet appliance fits easily in a case for easy carry on travel.