Is loud snoring keeping you and your family up at night? If so, Audrey May-Jones, DDS, at Proud To Serve Family Dentistry in Norman, Oklahoma, has the right sleep apnea treatments to stop your snoring and keep you sleeping peacefully throughout the night — without a bulky CPAP machine. To learn more about your sleep apnea treatment options, call Proud To Serve Family Dentistry or book an appointment online today.
Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous condition that causes patients to repeatedly stop breathing throughout the night. These brief lapses in breathing often happen hundreds of times in a single night, putting patients at risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and more. There are three main types of sleep apnea, including:
The most common form of sleep apnea, OSA occurs when your throat muscles relax during sleep, causing the soft tissues in the back of your throat to collapse and block your airway.
Unlike OSA, central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to send the proper signals to your muscles that control breathing during sleep. This can cause your breathing to stop and start throughout the night. In most cases, central sleep apnea has an underlying cause, such as stroke or a brain infection.
Though rare, complex sleep apnea is diagnosed in patients who have both OSA and central sleep apnea.
More often than not, sleep apnea patients have no idea they have the dangerous condition until another person comments on their loud snoring. In addition to snoring, the most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
If you have one or more of these symptoms, it’s important to seek medical attention before your sleep apnea worsens.
Dr. Audrey will create a custom-fit oral appliance that fits over your upper and lower arches, much like a mouth guard. This small, discreet appliance gently shifts your lower jaw forward to stop your throat muscles and soft tissue from collapsing and blocking your airway. Because these oral appliances are customized to fit your teeth perfectly, they’re comfortable and easy to sleep in throughout the night.
A CPAP machine is the most effective treatment for sleep apnea, but also the least comfortable. Patients must use a machine that’s connected to a face mask, which fits over your mouth and nose. The CPAP then allows air to continuously flow into your nose and mouth during the night, ensuring you never stop breathing.
Lifestyle changes such as weight loss, limiting alcohol consumption, and cutting your smoking habit can dramatically improve the symptoms of mild sleep apnea.
At Proud To Serve Family Dentistry, Dr. Audrey can help determine whether you have sleep apnea and create the right treatment plan for your unique needs. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more.