Posts for: December, 2016
If your bed partner complains about your snoring habit waking them up at night, you could be suffering from more than just a simple stuffy nose. Snoring is one of the main symptoms of sleep apnea, a serious condition which could turn deadly if left untreated. Learn more about snoring and sleep apnea with Dr. Angela Bauer at Dental Center for Snoring and Sleep Apnea in Cambridge, WI.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when breathing stops during sleep. This condition has two classifications: obtrusive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA). Patients who suffer from symptoms of both classifications have what is known as complex sleep apnea. OSA occurs due to an obstruction of the airway. CSA, however, occurs due to an abnormality or disruption in the nerves which send signals to breath from your body to your brain.
Do I have sleep apnea?
You are at risk for sleep apnea if you are a male of older age, obese, an alcohol or tobacco user, or if you have a family history of sleep apnea. The most tell-tale symptoms of sleep apnea present themselves during sleep, meaning your bed partner is most likely to notice them before you. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- excessive snoring
- snoring which bothers or wakes up your bed partner
- pauses in breathing during sleep
- choking or gasping while asleep
- waking up with shortness of breath
- morning headaches
- morning dry mouth
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Cambridge, WI
If you or your bed partner notice the symptoms of sleep apnea, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible. There is no single test for sleep apnea though doctors usually request a sleep test to confirm the diagnosis. The leading treatment for sleep apnea is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. Patients wear the machine’s mask over their nose and mouth during sleep. The machine blows a stream of air into the airway to prevent it from collapsing, eliminating the dangerous symptoms of sleep apnea and giving patients a good night’s rest, decreasing daytime symptoms.
In some cases, lifestyle changes like losing weight or simply sleeping in a different position can help quell the symptoms of sleep apnea. Your dentist may recommend a dental appliance to align the mouth and jaw to open the airway properly. In severe cases, surgery to remove an airway obstruction or realign the jaw may become necessary.
For more information on sleep apnea or snoring, please contact Dr. Bauer at Dental Center for Snoring and Sleep Apnea in Cambridge, WI. Call (608) 423-3615 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bauer today!
If you suffer from sleep apnea, chances are you have heard of a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine. This important piece of medical technology helps bring almost immediate relief to sleep apnea patients and can help you get the good night’s sleep you may not be capable of if your condition remains untreated. Learn about CPAP and how it works with Dr. Angela Bauer at Dental Center for Snoring and Sleep Apnea serving the Madison, WI, area in Cambridge, CT.
What is sleep apnea?
An apnea occurs when patients experience pausing in their breathing while asleep. This causes sputtering, excessive snoring, choking, and, if a severe case is left undiagnosed or untreated, even death. Obtrusive sleep apnea occurs due to a blockage of the airway causing it to close and cut off breathing during sleep and is the most common form of sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea occurs when the body fails to send the correct nerve signals to the brain which instructs it to breathe. Some patients have both types of sleep apnea, referred to as complex sleep apnea.
How does CPAP work?
Patients use a CPAP machine every night while they sleep. Patients place the machine’s mask over their nose and mouth and fall asleep connected to the machine. The CPAP itself sends a stream of air through the airway. This stream keeps the airway open and prevents it from collapsing. Since the collapsing airway causes the apnea, the CPAP machine prevents apneas from happening at all, allowing patients a good night’s sleep and rest. While wearing a CPAP machine may be uncomfortable at first, patients usually report that they experience extremely dramatic and positive results, some even during the first use.
CPAP in Madison, WI
If you think CPAP could be for you, consult with Dr. Bauer to schedule an examination and sleep study. A sleep study, which involves the patient sleeping through the night at a laboratory while being monitored or a home sleep test to diagnose sleep apnea. Your dentist will probably require regular check-ups to ensure that your CPAP is still your best option for treatment and working correctly.
For more information on sleep apnea or CPAP treatments, please contact Dr. Bauer at Dental Center for Snoring and Sleep Apnea serving the Madison, WI, area in Cambridge, CT. Call (608) 423-3615 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bauer today!