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September 19, 2017
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: CPAP  

Find out the best way to manage your sleep apnea symptoms for life.cpap

Finding out you have sleep apnea can be rather shocking. Sure, you often fought to get out of bed every morning, but who hasn’t complained about that during their lifetime? Of course, this common sleep disorder, which causes interrupted breathing during the night, not only leads to poor sleep but can also increase your chances of developing certain serious health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease. Don’t let this condition affect your health when our Cambridge, WI, sleep apnea dentist Dr. Angela Bauer can help you.

That’s right; a dentist can actually help you get a better night’s rest! If you’ve already been diagnosed with sleep apnea then it’s time to turn to us to help create a treatment plan that is right for you. Of course, CPAP therapy tends to be the most commonly used treatment option for someone with sleep apnea. This is because it can often manage everything from mild to more severe symptoms.

What is CPAP?

CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. This machine pumps a stream of air pressure through a face mask, which will reach the back of the throat to prevent the airways from collapsing during the night. In order for this treatment to be effective, you will need to wear this every night.

What are the benefits of CPAP?

Since just about anyone, no matter how severe their sleep apnea is, can find relief from CPAP, it is the number one treatment option. When you start to use CPAP therapy you will immediately notice that you feel more refreshed when waking up in the morning. You won’t feel as tired or groggy as you used to before treatment. It can also reduce snoring (which can be quite a relief for your partner!).

Since you are now getting better-quality sleep you will find that you are less moody and that your concentration and memory have improved. You may not even notice these symptoms but you will certainly notice a change once you start using CPAP.

Are there other treatment options?

CPAP does take some adjusting, particularly because you do have to wear a facemask while you sleep. This can be cumbersome and awkward for some patients. Sometimes it can even make it more difficult for certain patients to sleep, which ultimately defeats the purpose. When this happens, or if you are only dealing with mild sleep apnea, then you need to talk to our Cambridge, WI, dentist about whether oral appliance therapy is a better option.

This custom-made oral device is also worn at night and can help keep airways open as you sleep. Even though this device can’t be used to treat more serious forms of sleep apnea, it can be a convenience, easy and less cumbersome way to treat your mild or even moderate symptoms.

If you are ready to learn about your sleep apnea treatment options then it’s time you turned to our Cambridge, WI, sleep apnea dentist today. Call our office to schedule your consultation.

December 07, 2016
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: CPAP  

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!