Have you ever been told that you sometimes stop breathing while asleep, or that your snoring is interrupted by pauses, gasps, and snorting noises? Do you wake up in the morning feeling tired, groggy, and as if you have not slept at all?
If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions, it may be possible that you suffer obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder in which a person stops breathing multiple times throughout the night. As humans, sleep is necessary to rejuvenate our bodies and restore its vital functions. The ongoing release of stress hormones and repeated instantaneous awakenings throughout the night deprive sleep apnea sufferers of the benefits of restorative rest. This condition can be tiresome for your bed partner, and could also be detrimental to your health. There are ways to treat your snoring or sleep apnea that include changing aspects of your lifestyle, using a CPAP machine, surgery, or using an oral appliance.
The most common indicator that a person may be suffering from OSA is the multiple awakenings they experience throughout the course of the night. The patient will often wake up repeatedly gasping or choking as they try to catch their breath, and then promptly fall back asleep.
People experiencing an apnea event often have no recollection of it, which is why many people never know they have sleep apnea. Those who are diagnosed with sleep apnea may also experience night sweats, restless sleep, heartburn or other stomach issues, dry mouth or sore throat, and morning headaches. Other symptoms that may be attributed to other causes include: difficulty waking up, increased forgetfulness, decreased concentration, and becoming irritable, moody, or depressed.
About sixty percent of people struggling with sleep apnea are overweight or obese. The effects of mild obstructive sleep apnea have the potential to be reversed if a patient loses enough weight, but that can be difficult if one is constantly tired or fatigued by sleep apnea. While being overweight can lead to sleep apnea, having sleep apnea can also lead to becoming overweight.
If left untreated, sleep apnea could lead to a range of diseases, such as: cardiovascular disease, stroke, nighttime urination, acid reflux, depression, memory loss, high blood pressure, an increased risk for different cancers, increased weight gain, thyroid problems, and type two diabetes. Sleep apnea can typically be diagnosed when the patient is monitored overnight in a designated sleep lab. Fortunately, now that technology is quickly progressing, patients have the ability to take the sleep test at home with the appropriate monitoring equipment.
One of the biggest benefits of treating your sleep apnea is experiencing better rest at night. This is particularly important because without proper sleep, you can struggle throughout the day with work, focus, appetite, and stress. It’s easier to feel overwhelmed and your body begins to show side effects such as headaches or muscle aches.
This is why your treatment will first work to help you begin to sleep more effectively. Because sleep apnea can lead to more serious conditions, treating it can prevent them from developing or worsening. This includes helping overcome obesity and negating serious side effects from high blood pressure or heart disease. While treatments may not get rid of these diseases, they can alleviate some of the worst symptoms and help reduce their impact on your overall health.
If you are suffering from an inability to breathe properly while sleeping, you should be eligible for sleep apnea treatments. You will need to call or book an appointment online for your free consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Greenberg will be able to give you an exam, review your medical history, and discuss possible treatment options with you. To get started, call or book your appointment online and get started on improving your sleep.
There are several ways you can treat your sleep apnea, depending on how severe it is and the cause. Treatments can be divided into two broad categories - Therapy and Surgery.
There are several different types of therapy that can be used to effectively treat your sleep apnea. The most common is through a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure, which is provided through the use of a machine that delivers air through a mask that you wear during your sleep. Because of the greater air pressure, your upper airways stay open, which keeps you from snoring and prevents your sleep apnea.
There are also other types of machines that can help, including auto-CPAPs, which automatically adjust pressure while you sleep, and BPAP machines, which vary the pressure as you breathe in and out. Another effective treatment plan is to wear an oral device that is specifically designed to keep your throat open by pushing your jaw forward, which can relieve mild sleep apnea. Dr. Greenberg specializes in this area and can help provide the right device if this is the right treatment for you. Other kinds of treatments address other causes of sleep apnea (such as a neuromuscular disorder), increasing oxygen intake while you sleep, or using an ASV (adaptive servo-ventilation) device while you sleep.
Surgery to treat sleep apnea is usually only attempted after other treatments haven’t worked. Dr. Greenberg is known for finding non-surgical ways to treat sleep apnea disorders. However, if there is a serious issue in your jaw, surgery may be needed after all.
Types of surgery include removing tissue at the back of your mouth, using RF ablation to shrink tissue at the back of your mouth, creating implants in your soft palate, or repositioning your jaw by permanently moving it forward. Surgical options should only be considered for the most severe cases, so if you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea for a short time, you are unlikely to need surgery. Most of all, Dr. Greenberg will use her expertise to find an effective way to treat your sleep apnea without the need for surgery so that you can improve your breathing and overall quality of life.
Dr. Vickie Greenberg is a board-certified dentist and a certified provider of the DNA Appliance System for Sleep Apnea & Snoring. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Greenberg is uniquely prepared to assess your sleep apnea problems and find the best type of treatment for you. To book an appointment for your free consultation, call us or book online today.
This varies depending on the type of treatment you get and how many treatments you need. Many insurance plans cover some, if not all, of your sleep apnea treatments. However, if your insurance only covers some of the cost, or if you do not have insurance, you will be responsible for the full payment. If you think you may struggle with a large payment, ask about our payment plan option or even other kinds of financing.
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