Sleep Apnea Treatment in Columbia, IL
Excessive snoring is annoying, but it isn’t just a problem that keeps your partner awake at night. It can be a sign that you have a serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a medical problem, but most people are unaware that their dentist may be able to provide them with a simple solution. At Workman Family Dental, we can consult with your physician and create a customized device to stop snoring and minimize the symptoms of sleep apnea.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a result of an obstruction in the airway characterized by shallow breathing, snoring, and a choking sensation.
Since sleep apnea causes your breathing to temporarily stop, your oxygen levels drop and put you at greater risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. Repeated attempts to catch your breath result in disrupted sleep, which can cause you to wake up feeling tired and leave you feeling fatigued and less productive during your day.
How Do I Know if I Have Sleep Apnea?
Sleep studies are an effective tool for diagnosing sleep apnea, but until recently, they had to be conducted in a sleep lab. Many patients resisted the idea because they didn't want to spend a night in a clinical environment hooked up to wires and monitors.
At Workman Family Dental, we have a simpler solution. We now offer our patients the convenience of a take-home sleep study kit. Instead of cumbersome wires, you sleep with a small comfortable monitor attached to your finger. The device measures oxygen flow and registers the information. The results are sent to a sleep physician who will diagnose the nature of your sleep apnea and recommend appropriate treatment.
Treating Sleep Apnea
Severe sleep apnea is often treated with a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. But many of our patients with less severe symptoms benefit from the use of a simple oral appliance.
This customized device is designed to position the lower jaw forward enough to keep the airway open, preventing your tongue and the muscles in the back of your throat from collapsing and blocking the airway.
It usually takes only a few days to adjust to wearing the oral appliance at night while you sleep. We’ll review all the details with you and instruct you about the best way to maintain your oral appliance at home.
Our customized sleep apnea devices are also recommended for people with severe sleep apnea who can’t tolerate wearing the CPAP mask.
Call the Columbia, IL Sleep Apnea Dentist
Would you like to eliminate your snoring, breathe easily, and finally get a good night’s sleep? Please call Workman Family Dental, and we will be happy to arrange a convenient consultation to discuss your needs and how we can help.