Sleep Apnea Treatment – Green bay, WI
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Do you constantly feel tired even though you regularly sleep throughout the night? Do you have a bed partner who constantly complains about your loud snoring? If so, both are actually very common symptoms of a serious condition known as sleep apnea. The disorder affects over 22 million Americans every night. Although it may appear to only cause annoyances in your life, leaving it untreated can have deadly complications. At Dental Designs by Quandt, we have solutions for sleep apnea treatment in Green Bay.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is the second most common sleep issue in the country today, just behind insomnia. It occurs when the soft tissues in the back of your mouth or throat collapse, causing your airway to be blocked. While you may think this only causes snoring, it can result in frequent pauses in breathing throughout the night. Over time, the lack of adequate oxygen levels and poor sleep quality drastically impact your general health and your quality of life.
In the past, the only way to treat sleep apnea involved using a cumbersome machine known as a CPAP or invasive surgery. Fortunately, Dr. Scott Quandt can now offer a simpler, convenient, and effective option with oral appliance therapy in Green Bay.
Just one appointment with your dentist could be all you need to finally wake up in the morning feeling fully rested and ready to take on the day.
Sleep Disturbances/Sleep Apnea
The disorder causes a variety of symptoms that often occur while you are asleep. As a result, it can be difficult to know they are happening, which is a leading reason 80% of sleep apnea patients are believed to be undiagnosed.
Besides loud, chronic snoring, there are several symptoms you may experience, such as waking choking or gasping for air. You may also wake in the morning with a sore throat or headache. It is common to feel groggy and irritable throughout the day from lack of sleep. Over time, this can lead to sleep deprivation, which can cause loss of cognitive abilities, depression, decreased work performance, and daytime fatigue.
You may also notice changes to your health because the lack of oxygen places strain on your heart. This significantly increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.
You may not think snoring and sleep apnea have much to do with dentistry, but they do. If you suffer from any kind of sleep disturbances, you may even fall asleep at inappropriate times during the day. Your quality of life and job performance can take a massive hit when you do not get the refreshing sleep you need. If you snore, your sleeping partner suffers as well. Dr. Quandt can help you stop snoring while getting the rest you need.
Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment Options
Snoring occurs when soft tissues in the throat vibrate. Sleep apnea is more serious, and it is often accompanied by snoring. There are two types of sleep apnea, the most common being obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). During sleep, it causes you to stop breathing for periods of 10 seconds or longer, repeatedly. This happens when the tissues in the mouth or throat completely block airflow. Because the brain notices that you are not breathing, it causes your body to wake, partly or fully, to reinitiate breathing. This self-defense reaction interrupts sleep, and thus, even if you think you have slept all night, you probably feel unrested.
As the soft tissues collapse, the lower jaw falls backward a bit. This is where sleep dentistry comes into play. In the past, a CPAP machine was the only treatment for the condition. It delivers a steady stream of air through a mask that is worn over the mouth or nose to keep the airways open. Although it is effective, it has a low compliance rate because it can be bothersome and inconvenient. As an alternative, Dr. Quandt can create a nightguard, an oral appliance, to hold your jaw in a comfortable position and eliminate the potential for airflow blockage while you sleep. There is no need for surgery or a CPAP. Just a simple snore appliance to solve your problem.
An oral appliance is effective for mild to moderate cases of the condition. To ensure it is right for you, you will need to undergo a sleep study. Using the information gathered, a proper diagnosis is established. Dr. Quandt then creates the customized treatment plan you need to sleep soundly.
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Do not let sleep apnea or snoring compromise your quality of life. Contact us today for sleep apnea therapy.