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June 24, 2019
Category: Sleep Apnea

Oral Appliance TherapyWhether you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea or you’re concerned that your daytime fatigue and chronic snoring could be warning you that you have sleep apnea, it’s important that you not only have a sleep specialist that you can turn to in Madison, WI, but also a dentist like our own Dr. Angela Bauer who works with patients dealing with sleep apnea. Learn more about sleep apnea and oral appliance therapy.

What are the signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

OSA is characterized by these symptoms:

  • Excessive daytime fatigue
  • Loud, chronic snoring
  • Gasping or choking in the middle of the night
  • Restless sleep or insomnia
  • Morning headaches
  • Sore throats in the morning
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Increased injuries and accidents

What happens if OSA is left untreated?

Unfortunately there are many people out there that have OSA but don’t even know if. Since OSA causes shallow or paused breathing throughout the night this can result in serious health problems. Untreated OSA increases your risk for:

  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Heart disease

What is oral appliance therapy?

Oral appliance therapy is the way our Madison, WI, sleep apnea dentist is able to treat patients who are living with these sleep disorders. While you will need to go to a sleep doctor for a proper diagnosis, we can easily determine whether you are a good candidate for oral appliance therapy.

This treatment involves creating a custom oral device that will cover your upper and lower teeth and help reposition the jaws forward to prevent the tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing. This device is only worn at night.

Who can benefit from oral appliance therapy?

Those dealing with minor symptoms may be able to properly manage their condition with oral appliance therapy. Even those dealing with severe sleep apnea may find better relief by combining oral appliance therapy with their current CPAP therapy.

Are you dealing with sleep apnea in Madison, WI? Want to find out if oral appliance therapy could be an effective way to manage your symptoms and help you sleep better? If so, call Dental Center for Snoring & Sleep Apnea today to schedule a consultation.

June 05, 2017
Category: Sleep Apnea

Sleep-disordered breathing is a disorder characterized by repeated episodes of apnea (not breathing) and hypopnea (underbreathing) sleep apneaduring sleep. Dr. Angela Bauer of Dental Center for Snoring and Sleep Apnea in Cambridge, WI, offers treatments for sleep-disordered breathing. Read on to learn about a revolutionary treatment for sleep-disordered breathing.

What is Oral Appliance Therapy?

Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for sleep-disordered breathing. Worn during sleep, the dental device fits like an orthodontic retainer or sports mouth guard. It keeps the jaw in a forward position to keep the upper airway open. Many types of oral appliances exist with different design features. 

How to Get an Oral Appliance

A sleep apnea dentist in your Cambridge area can help you get started with this life-changing treatment. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, your sleep apnea dentist can determine whether an oral appliance is the right treatment option for you; if it is, then your dentist will give you a prescription for a custom-fitted dental device. Your sleep apnea dentist will recommend the dental device that is best for you. The dental device is covered by many health insurance plans.

Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral appliance therapy can improve your sleep, restore your alertness and revitalize your health. People love oral appliance therapy because it is easy to wear, comfortable, quiet, convenient for travel and easy to care for. Treating sleep-disordered breathing with oral appliance therapy can help you feel like a new person. It's likely that you will get a better night's sleep, feel sharper and more energetic throughout the day. 

Ready to make a change in your life? Call Dental Center for Snoring and Sleep Apnea at 608-423-3615 today to schedule an appointment in Cambridge, WI. Treating sleep-disordered breathing promotes a healthier mind and body. With our sleep apnea dentist’s help, you can improve your sleep and your health!

August 02, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Coming to our Madison, WI office can help improve your sleep apnea symptoms

We can all agree that sleep is very important, and when we don’t get the quality sleep we need our day suffers. And those with sleep sleep apneaapnea can’t ignore that it is linked to other serious health issues like heart disease and stroke, not to mention its ability to cause excessive daytime exhaustion and increase your chances for work-related injuries. If you are looking for a solution to your sleep apnea, talk to our Madison, WI dentist Dr. Angela Bauer Williams today.

What is sleep apnea?

While there are a few different forms of sleep apnea, the most common type tends to be obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), in which breathing periodically stops multiple times throughout the night. In some cases, someone may temporarily stop breathing over a hundred times in one night. Those with sleep apnea often snore loudly or wake up gasping or choking for air.

Why is sleep apnea dangerous?

Sleep apnea leads to extreme daytime fatigue, which can affect your work or school productivity. It can also increase your chances of injury, whether on the job or while driving. Sleep apnea is also linked to several health problems including:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure

How can my Madison, WI dentist help?

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, we can work to determine whether oral appliance therapy could ease your symptoms and give you a better nights rest. How severe your symptoms are will determine whether this is the right therapy for you.

While CPAP devices are the most common way to treat sleep apnea, those with more mild to moderate forms of sleep apnea may be able to benefit from an oral appliance. Similar to a mouthguard, these dental devices reposition the jaw and the tongue to prevent throat muscles from collapsing into the airways. These devices are only worn at night while you sleep and each device is custom-fitted to cater to your specific needs.

Benefits include:

  • Being smaller and more comfortable to wear than a CPAP device
  • Being more convenient
  • Being easier to travel with
  • Needing less equipment
  • Being easy to care for and maintain

Sleep apnea doesn’t have to take over your life. Call Dr. Bauer today at Dental Center for Snoring & Sleep Apnea to schedule a consultation to find out if oral appliance therapy is the right option for you.