What is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that can lead to serious health conditions. Despite the risks, it’s often underdiagnosed. That’s because the trouble occurs while you’re asleep, so you may not even notice there’s a problem.
While there are two types of sleep apnea, OSA is much more common. OSA causes your airway to be physically blocked while you’re asleep, preventing you from breathing. Your body will briefly wake you up so you can resume normal airflow, but these interruptions are often forgotten when you’re half asleep.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
The most common symptoms of sleep apnea are:
- Loud and/or frequent snoring
- Gasping for air at night
- Morning headaches
- Daytime fatigue
- Frequent urination at night
If you notice these signs, we highly recommend seeking a diagnosis. Even if you don’t have sleep apnea, you may have some other sleep disorder that we can help you with.
The Importance of Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is sometimes referred to as a ‘silent killer’ because of the serious health implications of letting it go untreated. Losing out on sleep can jeopardize your mental and physical health.
Some of the health risks of sleep apnea include:
- Accidents from fatigue
- High blood pressure and heart problems
- Type 2 diabetes
- Liver problems
- Metabolic syndrome
Treatment for sleep apnea can help improve your health, so you’ll feel better and won’t have to worry about these health conditions. The most common treatment for sleep apnea is a CPAP machine, but many patients grow tired of the bulky, uncomfortable mask and loud noises that come from the machine. That’s why our Twin Falls sleep dentist offers comfortable CPAP alternatives for sleep apnea treatment.
Benefits of Oral Appliances
Oral appliances are a great and highly effective alternative to CPAP machines. Many people don’t like using their CPAP machines because they’re bulky, uncomfortable, and can induce feelings of claustrophobia in some people.
Mouthpieces like oral appliances are free of those issues and our patients generally prefer them to CPAP. Your appliance will be custom made for you, so it’ll fit comfortably in your mouth while you sleep. It’s also small and portable, taking up no extra room by your bedside.
Frequently Asked Questions
You’ll know your oral appliance is working when you feel better throughout the day. You’ll have more energy and your symptoms should get better. You’ll likely feel more capable and able to concentrate when you use your oral appliance.
If you suspect your oral appliance isn’t working, contact our office by calling (208) 733-9999 so we can determine if there’s an issue with your appliance.
There are many treatments for sleep apnea. The most commonly prescribed treatment is CPAP, but this option tends to be unpopular among patients. Many patients stop using their CPAP after only one year, putting their health at risk.
We offer convenient and comfortable oral appliances instead. Your appliance is a small mouthguard that’s custom made for you and can help keep your airway open while you’re asleep. In many cases, an oral appliance is just as effective as CPAP.
Contact Us for Convenient CPAP Alternatives in Twin Falls, ID
You don’t have to tolerate your CPAP. Instead, let us help you find a better treatment option through an oral appliance. To learn more, contact our office by calling (208) 733-9999 or by filling out our online contact form. We’ll be happy to help you.