Sleep Apnea Therapy – Toledo, OH
Get the Good Night of Sleep You Deserve
Are you constantly tired throughout the day because you lack quality sleep during the night? Do you frequently wake up with a headache or sore throat? Has your partner mentioned that you snore often? If those apply to you, there is a good chance that you are affected by sleep apnea. This disorder can impact your daily productivity and increase your risk of other health issues. Fortunately, at Dental Group West, we offer sleep apnea therapy to help you get the good night of sleep you deserve. Give us a call to get started.
What is Sleep Apnea?
There are several different types of sleep apnea, with the most common one being called obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs when the muscles in your throat or the back of your mouth relax and collapse, causing a blockage in your airway. This can result in loud snoring and the repetitive stoppage of breathing during sleep. Many people who have this condition are unaware of it, but they wake up in the morning feeling unrested. Here are some common symptoms:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Waking up with a dry or sore throat
- Morning headaches
- Waking up gasping for air or feeling out of breath
- Mood changes or irritability
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
The Dangers of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea does more than just deprive your body of rest. People who lack quality sleep struggle with focus, memory, depression, and reaction time. In addition, untreated sleep apnea increases the risk of developing heart disease and experiencing a cardiovascular event, like a heart attack. Pregnant women with untreated sleep apnea are much more likely to have a pre-term birth due to the increase in blood pressure. Ultimately, it is worth getting this condition checked out.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
A popular option in the past for treating sleep apnea is using a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. This works by pushing air through a person’s airway using a nasal mask. While they are a viable solution for many people, they are a hassle to move around, can be uncomfortable to wear, and make noise. That’s why at Dental Group West, we offer treatment using customized oral appliances. This type of device is worn at night and works by shifting your jaw into a position that keeps your airway open and unblocked while you sleep. This option is smaller and easier to use, and it is convenient to bring with you when you travel.