Do you snore every night? Wake suddenly gasping for air?
If you snore loudly or find yourself waking up repeatedly during the night gasping for air, you may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This is a serious medical condition that should be addressed promptly. Many patients with sleep apnea go undiagnosed for many years prior to seeking treatment. Leaving sleep apnea untreated can increase a patients risk of developing secondary medical complications. Early diagnosis and intervention can be life-saving.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea: What You Should Know
Sleep apnea is caused by the collapse of soft oral tissues into the airway. Soft tissue, usually the tongue, rolls back into the airway making it difficult for the patient to breathe properly while asleep. The blockage causes patients to snore loudly, or wake to gasp for air. Common symptoms include: feeling chronically fatigued, have difficulty focusing, or experience daily morning headaches.
Long-term, sleep apnea can lead to a full range of secondary health complications. Sleep apnea increases a patients risk of having a heart attack, stroke, cardiovascular disease and even sudden death. If you show any signs of sleep apnea, it is important to contact your doctor right away.
Common signs of sleep apnea include:
- Chronic headaches(especially in the morning)
- Waking gasping for air
- Loud snoring
- Chronic fatigue
- Trouble concentrating
Treating Sleep Apnea in Plantation, FL
Dr. Dham will coordinate with your regular physician or a sleep specialist to determine the best course of treatment. Sleep apnea is typically diagnosed when a patient undergoes a sleep study test.
Dr. Uttma Dham offers oral sleep appliance therapy for the treatment of sleep apnea. Oral sleep appliances are custom designed to fit comfortably and securely in the patient’s mouth. The appliance shifts the jaw into alignment and prevents the soft oral tissues from collapsing into the airway. With the airway free of obstruction, patients enjoy a more sound sleep and wake feeling rested, without headaches.
The oral appliance will be crafted using impressions of your teeth and bite. The impressions will be sent to a dental lab to create the appliance that will fit only in your mouth. Once created, you will be fitted with the night guard and given instructions on when and how to wear it. This is a much better alternative to CPAP machines. Patients say they love using the night guard because it’s less bulky and inconvenient compared to the CPAP machine.
If you are over 40, overweight, or have a family history of obstructive sleep apnea, you should be screened by a medical professional. If you have recently been diagnosed with OSA, contact our Plantation, FL dentist office to learn more about how an oral sleep appliance can help you sleep better.
We Welcome New Patients
Westside Dental Center is a modern and welcoming dentist office in Plantation, FL. We invite patients from communities in and around Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Sun Rise, and Davie to visit us at our patient-focused, welcoming dental care practice. To learn how comprehensive dentistry can help improve your smile, contact our Plantation FL dentist office at (954) 251-0640, or request a consultation online today.