Think about the last time you got a great night’s rest. If you’re living with unmanaged obstructive sleep apnea — like millions of Americans are — it’s probably been a while.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a common but potentially dangerous condition, in which a person’s airway is periodically blocked throughout the night. These disruptions in breathing, which can occur dozens of times a night, often result in excessive snoring or the sleeper jolting awake, feeling as if they’re choking.
It’s a scary feeling, and the sleep disorder can have effects beyond robbing you of a good night’s sleep.
Luckily, the undesired symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea can be relieved in many cases with a simple dental appliance from Stonecreek Dental Care. And treatment is convenient, too. We have locations all over Ohio, including in Centerville, OH! Just call the location nearest you to set up a free sleep apnea consultation.
Diagnosing Obstructive Sleep Apnea With An At-Home Test
Your journey toward quality sleep begins with an accurate diagnosis. If you’ve been experiencing the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, it’s time to give us a call. Those symptoms include:
- Excessive snoring that disturbs you or your partner
- Waking up suddenly feeling as if you’re choking
- Morning headaches
- Fatigue or irritability throughout the day
- Night sweats
- Dry mouth or sore throat
Oftentimes, obtaining a proper sleep apnea diagnosis requires you to go to a sleep center, where you spend the night and have technicians monitor your breathing, sleep time behaviors, and vital signs.
But that’s not the case when you come to Stonecreek Dental Care for a sleep apnea diagnosis. We can provide you with a sleep test you’re able to complete in the privacy of your own home. It consists of a device that fits around your chest. You simply wear it for two nights, and then you mail it to a sleep testing company, which gives the data to a group of experts to ensure an accurate diagnosis.
We find that many of our patients prefer this at-home testing to testing that requires an overnight visit to a sleep center. It’s more convenient, more comfortable, and it allows you to have more privacy. Plus, many insurance plans cover the cost of the at-home sleep study.
A Comfortable Alternative To CPAP Machines
The traditional means of treating obstructive sleep apnea involves a CPAP — or continuous positive airway pressure — device. A CPAP machine consists of a mask that fits under your nose or over your mouth (or sometimes both). The mask connects to a pump via a tube. The pump pushes air into the nasal passage, preventing airway blockages.
It’s an effective way to treat obstructive sleep apnea — if the patient is using it as directed. But many people find that CPAP devices are uncomfortable to sleep in, so they simply don’t use them. And of course, that means that they’re still living with unmanaged (and potentially dangerous) sleep apnea.
That’s why at Stonecreek Dental Care, we prefer to treat obstructive sleep apnea with a simple dental device. It resembles an athletic mouthguard, and you simply wear it while you sleep. That’s it! It works because it slightly adjusts the position of your jaw while you sleep, allowing the airway to stay open. Many of our patients find these dental devices easier to use and more comfortable than a CPAP device.
In addition to providing you with a custom-made sleep apnea oral appliance, we can provide you will recommendations for making your treatment even more effective. Lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and avoiding alcohol, can alleviate sleep apnea symptoms.
The Consequences Of Unmanaged Sleep Apnea
Part of the reason why it’s so important to get your sleep apnea under control is because of how it can affect your overall health. Without quality sleep, focus and productivity tank. And for that reason, unmanaged sleep apnea has been linked to an increased risk of workplace-related and traffic-related accidents.
Unmanaged sleep apnea has also been linked to an increased risk of serious health complications, such as high blood pressure and heart attacks. That’s because when your breathing is interrupted, your body releases the stress hormone adrenaline. When this happens repeatedly, it puts undue stress on your heart.
And if nothing else, excessive snoring that results from sleep apnea can strain relationships. You know the saying “Happy wife, happy life?” Well, if your loved one is sleep-deprived because of your snoring, it could contribute to trouble in paradise.
Get The Quality Sleep You Deserve
Quality sleep is necessary to lead a happy and productive life. If you believe that sleep apnea is robbing you of a good night’s rest, it’s time to do something about it. Call Stonecreek Dental Care at the location nearest you to set up a free consultation. You can also use our convenient online form to request an appointment.