Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of sleep apnea, is a serious medical condition requiring diagnosis from a qualified sleep clinic. In order to receive a referral to a sleep clinic, you should visit your doctor. Once diagnosis occurs, the first line of treatment is usually with a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine.
Certain individuals are at a higher risk for sleep apnea:
- Over 40
- Thick neck circumference
- Having your tonsils
- People with acid reflux
While many patients tolerate CPAP machines well and treatment is usually highly successful, a small number of patients do not tolerate the CPAP well and need to seek alternate treatment options.
Obstructive sleep apnea creates numerous health risks. It causes your airway to become blocked and cuts off your oxygen flow. For some people, this occurs hundreds of times during the night resulting in disrupted sleep patterns.
Because you do not receive quality sleep, you can suffer certain consequences like:
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- High blood pressure
- Worsening of ADHD
- Weight gain
- Changes in mood
- Poor concentration
Sleep apnea can affect your quality of life. Because you do not get adequate sleep, you may notice being tired throughout the day. Your partner or spouse may hear loud snoring or become alarmed when your breathing stops. Because of their concern, their quality of life is affected.
Car accidents occur more frequently with people who do not have adequate sleep, putting you and your loved ones at risk. If you are sleepy, you should use caution when operating machinery or a vehicle.
Dr. Beth Kreider provides an alternative for those patients who do not tolerate the CPAP machine well. She treats sleep apnea with an oral device appropriate for your symptoms. Sleep apnea guards gently move your lower jaw forward, opening your airway and allowing you to breathe more effectively.
The sleep apnea device is smooth and comfortable. Scientific research shows that occlusal appliances can be as effective as CPAP machines in many cases and provide significantly greater comfort. Most people adjust to it well and report feeling much more rested and alert upon waking.
Treatment For Snoring
Some patients who snore do not suffer from sleep apnea, but still snore so loudly they disrupt the sleep of others in their household. Snoring is also caused by a restricted airway therefore Dr. Beth Kreider effectively treats snoring utilizing the same type of device. An open airway means quieter sleep for you and your partner or spouse.
Call For An Evaluation And Exam
Do you suffer from snoring or sleep apnea? Contact our Denver dental office and schedule an initial exam with Dr. Beth Kreider. Her expertise can help to get you back on track to a more restful night’s sleep and better quality of life. Our helpful and compassionate team looks forward to welcoming you to our office.