Does your bed partner often complain about your excessive snoring? Do you wake up feeling more tired than when you went to sleep? These could be signs of a sleep-disordered breathing condition. Luckily, treatment options are available to help you and your bed partner alike get a good night’s rest. Your Madison, WI dentist, Dr. Angela Bauer, DDS, can work with you to diagnose and treat your sleep-disordered sleeping condition and have you feeling well rested in no time.
What is sleep-disordered breathing?
Sleep-disordered breathing is characterized by abnormalities in breathing patterns while sleeping. The most common reason for this condition is sleep apnea, or pauses in breathing during sleep. This disease affects the airway and the air which passes through it. The apneas, or pauses in breathing, occur when the airway collapses, restricting airflow to the lungs. Risk factors for sleep apnea include:
- males over the age of 40
- large neck circumference
- smoking tobacco
- drinking alcohol
- family history of sleep apnea
- nasal obstructions like a deviated septum or allergies
The symptoms of sleep apnea are most often noticed first by the sufferer’s bed partner. Symptoms include excessive snoring, pauses in breathing, choking or gasping, insomnia, daytime sleepiness, and morning headaches. If left untreated, this condition can greatly affect your life and health.
What are the treatment options for sleep-disordered breathing?
Treating sleep-disordered breathing and sleep apnea depend on the severity of the patient’s symptoms. In mild cases, simple lifestyle changes such as losing weight, quitting smoking or changing sleeping positions may improve the symptoms drastically. However, severe cases of sleep apnea require more than lifestyle changes. A CPAP, or continuous positive airflow pressure, machine is the most common treatment for moderate to severe sleep apnea. This machine utilizes a mask which covers the nose and mouth and provides a continuous stream of air aimed at the airway. The airflow keeps the airway from collapsing, providing relief and allowing you to breathe normally. Dental devices which realign your jaw to open the airway are used in mild to moderate cases.
For more information on sleep-disordered breathing and sleep apnea, please contact Dr. Angela Bauer, DDS at the Dental Center for Snoring & Sleep Apnea in Madison, WI. Call (608) 423-3615 to speak with an associate about scheduling your appointment today!