Sleep Apnea - Dental Solutions of Columbus IN

Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Do you or someone you love suffer from snoring? Snoring can be more than a mere annoyance. If your snoring can’t be attributed to allergies, a cold, or a sinus infection, it may be a symptom of a condition called sleep apnea.

When you sleep, the muscles in your mouth, jaw, and throat naturally relax. For those with obstructive sleep apnea, these muscles become so relaxed that they obstruct the airway, making it difficult to breath. People with sleep apnea often stop breathing for a few seconds multiple times throughout the night. This results in the sudden and frequent awakenings that make for restless nights.

Treating sleep apnea isn’t just about reducing snoring and improving quality of sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea poses a number of serious health risks, including an increased risk of stroke, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, depression, and diabetes. Millions of Americans suffer from this condition, but only a minority of sufferers have been diagnosed. We are working hard at Dental Solutions of Columbus to change this in our community. We’re here to restore the quality of your sleep as well as help reduce your risk of more serious health problems.

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Signs & Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

The symptoms and signs of sleep apnea are subtle, and the disorder can go undiagnosed and untreated for years. Know the signs of sleep apnea, which include:

  • Loud Snoring
  • Gasping or Choking for Air During Sleep
  • Awakening Feeling Unrested
  • Severe Daytime Drowsiness or Fatigue
  • Frequent Urination During the Night
  • Morning Headaches
  • Chronic Heartburn
  • Heightened Irritability, Depression, or Anxiety
  • Erectile Dysfunction or Low Libido
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Challenges Retaining Information

Some of these symptoms are common or vague, making it difficult for sufferers to connect them to their sleep. If you suspect that you may be suffering from sleep apnea, it’s important that you see a healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

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CPAP

After diagnosis, sleep apnea sufferers are often prescribed a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine, or CPAP machine. It delivers a stream of compressed air through a tube that connects to a nose mask or a full-face mask. The air pressure keeps the airway open, enabling normal breathing during sleep. CPAP is widely considered the most effective standard treatment for sleep apnea. Many sufferers however end up not using the machine as they should because the CPAP masks can be uncomfortable to wear and challenging to sleep in. If CPAP isn’t being used, it isn’t helping!

Custom Sleep Apnea Mouth Appliances

If your sleep apnea is not severe enough to require CPAP or surgery, we can help you get the rest you deserve by creating a custom sleep apnea mouth appliance that will open your airway during sleep and allow you to breath normally. These devices are much more comfortable than CPAP masks, and are an effective solution for many patients.

We offer multiple mouth appliance options, including SomnoMed®, TAP®, and The Moses™. Together with you and a sleep physician, we will discuss your options and decide which device is most likely to help you get a full night’s rest again. This conservative approach is a great alternative to surgery or uncomfortable air masks, particularly for those with moderate to mild sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea FAQs

What causes sleep apnea?

There are a number of factors that put you at a greater risk for sleep apnea. Among them are being overweight, having a large neck circumference, older age, family history, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption.

Do I need a sleep study to diagnose sleep apnea?

The signs of sleep apnea may be noticeable at home. However, for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, you should see your doctor or a sleep specialist for a sleep study.

How does a CPAP machine work?

A CPAP machine delivers constant air pressure through a mask or nosepiece while you sleep. This pressure ensures the airway stays open throughout the night and allows you to breathe peacefully.

Are there alternative treatments to the CPAP machine?

If a CPAP machine doesn’t work for you, there are alternative treatment methods. The most common method our office incorporates is a custom oral appliance that positions your jaw into a more desirable position for breathing throughout the night. In addition to a mouthpiece, alternative treatments include weight loss, oral pressure therapy, and oral surgery.

What happens if sleep apnea goes untreated?

Sleep apnea can have long-term damaging effects on your health. When left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, an increased risk of stroke, chronic headaches, falling asleep at inopportune times, diabetes, and depression.

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Traveling to Us for Sleep Apnea Treatment?

Our skilled team gladly welcomes patients from all across the Midwest to visit our practice for their sleep apnea concerns. If you are traveling to us from outside of Columbus, we recommend the following nearby hotels for your stay:

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