Sleep apnea can be a scary and misunderstood problem for many people. The team at Duffield Dentistry can help you get the answers you need to feel safe and secure. Below we have answered some of the questions we most commonly hear regarding sleep apnea and its treatment. If you still have questions or concerns after browsing this page, feel free to contact us. We will be happy to help you or your loved one get the care you need.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder caused by a blockage of the airways during sleep. It causes interruptions of the breath during sleep and can actually wake you up! This causes poor quality of sleep and stress on the entire body.
What are the symptoms? How do I know I have it?
Sleep apnea is generally characterized by a few different things. If you notice that you or your bed partner have any of the following systems, please contact our dental office. The only way to know for sure if you have sleep apnea is to be properly diagnosed. We can help set you up for a sleep study to determine whether sleep apnea is a problem for you.
How is sleep apnea typically treated?
The most common form of treatment for sleep apnea is the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. This machine pumps air into your nose (or nose and mouth) to prevent the collapse of your airways. This is a typical solution for people who are diagnosed with sleep apnea. This is the go-to answer for many doctors.
However, CPAP machines are not the easiest things to adjust to. Many people have trouble getting used to the mask or even the air pressure itself. This can discourage use of the machine altogether and allow the sleep apnea to go untreated. The CPAP machine is a great tool for many and the perfect solution for some. However, the team at Duffield Dentistry offers more than just a prescription for a machine.
Dr. Duffield and his team can also offer you an oral device to help treat your sleep apnea. This device can be used with a CPAP machine or on its own. Because of the inconvenience of CPAP machines, many patients who visit our office are looking for an alternative treatment option for their sleep apnea. Our oral devices simply sit in your mouth and are designed to temporarily adjust the jaw to allow the airways to remain open. These devices are much easier to get used to than CPAP machines and typically offer a greater chance that the patient actually maintains treatment over a period of time.
What will happen if I do not seek treatment for my sleep apnea?
If you do not seek treatment for your sleep apnea, a few things might happen. A lack of quality sleep puts a lot of unneeded stress on the body. Here are just a few things you can experience if your sleep apnea goes untreated:
Sleep apnea is typically considered a very serious disorder and should not go untreated. If you think you or your bed partner may suffer from sleep apnea, please seek the help you need.
What should I do if I think I may have sleep apnea?
If you are exhibiting signs of sleep apnea, we encourage you to contact our dental office right away. Our team can help you get the diagnosis AND treatment you need. You deserve a good night’s rest. You don’t have to risk your total health any longer. Contact your friends at Duffield Dentistry in Royal Oak, MI today!
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