What is Sleep Apnea?
June 18, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Many people who suffer from sleep apnea go undiagnosed for years because despite experiencing ongoing symptoms like fatigue and sleep apneaheadaches, the condition is very difficult to self-diagnose. You may wake up feeling exhausted and irritable despite getting an adequate amount of sleep, but you may not be aware that your breathing is being interrupted while you sleep. If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause a range of health risks. Dr. Angela Bauer, a dentist in Madison, WI, offers oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea and chronic snoring.

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Madison, WI

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, sleep apnea is fairly common in the United States. There are three different types, which cause brief pauses in a person's breathing while they sleep when the muscles that control breathing and the tongue relax and block the airway. The most common symptom of sleep apnea is loud snoring, but the condition can have a number of additional effects on your health and lifestyle.

Other common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Pauses in breathing throughout the night (usually witnessed by a spouse or partner)
  • Waking up suddenly and feeling short of breath
  • Waking up with a sore throat/dry mouth
  • Waking up with a headache
  • Insomnia
  • Daytime fatigue/exhaustion
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Mood problems/irritability

Oral appliance therapy is one of the most common and effective methods available to control obstructive sleep apnea.  A common treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) - Delivers compressed air through a mask worn during sleep, appropriate for severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea.

There are other appliances available to help keep the tongue and jaw in place and the airway open while you sleep:

  • Soft Palatal Life Appliance
  • Tongue Retraining Device
  • Mandibular Repositioner

Some devices are less invasive than others; the dentist will help you find the treatment method that is most appropriate for your situation.

Find a Dentist in Madison, WI

For more information on the symptoms and treatment options for sleep apnea, contact the Dental Center for Snoring and Sleep Apnea by calling (608) 423-3615 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bauer today.