Sleep Apnea Treatment North Tonawanda
Sleep apnea is a serious health condition that should not be left untreated. At Wheatfield Family Dentistry, our dentists can provide patients with oral appliances to help relieve symptoms. With treatment, patients can wake up feeling rested and have a better overall health. The most common type of sleep apnea is known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This means that the airway is being blocked during sleep, causing excessive snoring and/or stopped breathing throughout the night. Once patients have been officially diagnosed for sleep apnea by their physician, our dentists in Tonawanda can provide custom made oral appliances for treatment.
Symptoms & Side Effects of Sleep Apnea
The most common symptoms of sleep apnea are snoring, choking, coughing, or stopped breathing while sleeping. Patients also experience awake symptoms such as exhaustion, headaches, depression, irritability, and dry mouth and throat upon waking. Untreated sleep apnea can result in high blood pressure. High blood pressure will result in patients having an increased risk of stroke, heart attack and heart disease. Other side effects include diabetes, heart damage, depression, and falling asleep during the day. Without treatment, sleep apnea can be life threatening.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Legally, dentists are not able to diagnose patients with sleep apnea, they can only provide treatments. If you suspect you have OSA, your physician will ask you to take a sleep test that analyzes your sleep habits and breathing patterns. Once diagnosed, our dentists can fit you for your custom made oral appliance. The oral appliance works by opening your airway to move any obstructions out of the way. Once the obstructions have been moved, you will be able to breathe normally during sleep. After using the oral device regularly, patients’ symptoms and side effects will subside.
Benefits of Sleep Apnea Treatment
There are many benefits of treatment, including increased overall health. Treatment will allow patients to wake up feeling rested. This is a huge benefit for patients who have gotten used to feeling tired all the time. Another benefit is the reduced risk of heart attack, stroke and heart disease. In addition, if the patient has high blood pressure caused from OSA, it will most likely go away.
Steps You Can Take
There are many steps a patient can take themselves to help reduce sleep apnea. The first recommendation for sleep apnea sufferers is to lose weight if overweight or obese. Next, patients should avoid sleeping on their back or stomach and should instead sleep on their side. This opens the airway better. We also recommend that patients avoid taking sedatives or drinking alcohol as it disrupts sleep.
Contact Our North Tonawanda Dentist for Sleep Apnea Treatment Today
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are searching for a treatment option, contact our dentist to be fitted for an oral appliance. Wheatfield Family Dentistry can be reached by phone at 716-694-1777 or by filling out our online contact form on our Contact page.