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November 22, 2017
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: oral appliance  

Have you given up on finding a comfortable solution to stop your snoring or sleep apnea? Dr. Angela Bauer of the Dental Center for oral applianceSnoring and Sleep Apnea in Madison, WI, discusses snoring and explains how you can benefit from an oral appliance.

Why do I snore?

You're never more relaxed than when you're sleeping. As you drift into a deep sleep, the walls of your throat relax and narrow. Your tongue may also fall backwards, blocking your airway. If your airway is blocked or narrows substantially, your throat and your tongue vibrate with every breath you take. Those vibrations produce the loud sounds we associate with snoring. Snoring can also occur due to nasal congestion and may be more likely to happen if you've had an alcoholic beverage or sleep on your back.

In some cases, snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnea, a condition that occurs when you stop breathing due to an airway blockage. If you have sleep apnea, you may stop breathing hundreds of times during the night for several seconds each time. In addition to making you feel fatigued, sleep apnea can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes.

How can an oral appliance help me?

Keeping your airway open is the key to preventing both snoring and sleep apnea. If your snoring is caused by sleep apnea, your doctor may recommend that you use a continuous positive airway (CPAP) machine, a device that forces a steady stream of air into your throat. Unfortunately, not everyone can adjust to using a CPAP machine.

An oral appliance worn over your teeth like a nightguard provides another solution. The appliance repositions your jaw and prevents your tongue from falling into your airway while sleep. Your oral appliance is fitted in our Madison dental office, but may covered by medical insurance if recommended by your physician. Oral appliances offer a comfortable alternative to CPAP machines, don't produce any annoying sounds and don't take up much room in your luggage when you travel.

Would you like to find out if an oral appliance can improve your sleep apnea symptoms or prevent snoring? Call Madison, WI, dentist Dr. Bauer at (608) 423-3615 to schedule an appointment.

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.

August 08, 2017
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: snoring  

Your snoring isn't just annoying to your sleep partner. It can disrupt normal sleep patterns, resulting in excessive tiredness during the day,snoring and has even been connected to high blood pressure and heart disorders. If you snore, you probably haven't thought of contacting your dentist, but at the Dental Center for Snoring & Sleep Apnea in Madison, Wisconsin, snoring is our specialty! Dr. Angela Bauer explains the reasons why people snore and how she can help you overcome it.

What causes snoring?

Sleep is a time of relaxation for the entire body, and this includes the muscles in the throat and the back of the mouth. When these muscles relax, they make the airway smaller. When combined with an underlying condition, such as nasal congestion or enlarged tonsils, the airway is further restricted and the air that passes through it during breathing causes the soft tissues to vibrate. This produces the unmistakable sound of snoring. Although everyone has snored at one time or another, long-term snoring can be indicative of sleep apnea, which is when the muscles in the throat collapse and close off the airway completely many times during sleep. And that's where your Madison sleep apnea dentist comes in!

How is snoring treated?

Your Madison dentist, Dr. Angela Bauer, has been received special training that combines her knowledge of dentistry with the science behind treating sleep apnea. After a diagnosis has been made, Dr. Bauer will create a custom-fitted dental appliance that keeps your airway open by supporting your tongue and jaw in a proper position. Unlike sleep apnea masks and machines, dental appliances are lightweight, portable and won't disturb your sleeping partner with noise.

If you snore, finding out if it's due to sleep apnea can improve your entire life! Contact the Dental Center for Snoring & Sleep Apnea in Madison, Wisconsin today and ask to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Angela Bauer. You - and your sleeping partner - will be very glad you did!

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!

March 31, 2017
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Could your daytime exhaustion be due in part to this sleep disorder?sleep apnea

Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans, some of which don’t even know that they suffer from this sleep disorder. Sleep apnea interrupts your breathing throughout sleep, and a sufferer can experience hundreds of breathing cessations throughout the course of one night. Besides daytime exhaustion and irritability, most people think that sleep apnea really isn’t an issue, but our Cambridge, WI, sleep apnea dentist, (serving the Madison, WI, area), Dr. Angela Bauer is here to tell you why you will want to seek medical attention if you think you might have sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a serious condition because it can also cause other health problems including,

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Liver problems

Also, because of the extreme fatigue that sleep apnea causes it can also make it more difficult for people to concentrate. You may also increase your chances of workplace injuries or automobile accidents due to sleepiness. This is why it’s so important to seek medical care right away if you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea.

How can our Cambridge, WI general dentist help?

As anyone who has been diagnosed with sleep apnea knows, CPAP therapy tends to be the most common way to treat sleep apnea symptoms. Why? It’s effective and it works. This can be a major relief for many sufferers; however, CPAP therapy isn’t for everyone.

Some people find that their symptoms don’t improve or that they still don’t get better sleep because they have to wear a mask over their face every night. CPAP machinery can also be a bit noisy at times, which can keep light sleepers awake. If CPAP isn’t providing you with the symptom relief you’ve been looking for then it’s time to talk to us.

What is oral appliance therapy?

Instead of wearing a mask over your face while you sleep you will just pop in a custom-made dental device that is designed for those with obstructive sleep apnea. The device will hold the jaws in a forward position to keep the airways open as you sleep and to prevent them from collapsing or being obstructed. Oral appliance therapy can often treat those with mild cases of sleep apnea.

Don’t let sleep apnea ruin one more night’s rest for you. Turn to your sleep apnea dentist at Dental Center for Snoring and Sleep Apnea in Cambridge, WI (serving the Madison, WI, area). Find out if oral appliance therapy could improve the quality of your sleep.

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