Sleep apnea occurs when a person stops breathing while sleeping. This can occur hundreds of times a night and for long periods of time. Untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases (stroke), memory problems, weight gain, impotency, heartburn, depression, and headaches. Furthermore, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for problems like motor vehicle crashes and job impairment (according to the American Sleep Apnea Association). If your physician recommends a dentist-made oral appliance for sleep apnea in Boise, Idaho, then call Dr. Connaughton at Tree City Family Dental to set up an appointment.
You should speak with your physician about sleep apnea and discuss your symptoms. Your physician may recommend a sleep study in which a team will monitor your sleep cycles and look for signs of apnea, such as the amount of oxygen in your blood and periods where you stop breathing. You can then decide whether an oral appliance or CPAP is right for you.
Oral appliances are also very successful at treating snoring. Before we treat snoring, we will screen you to make sure that there is not a possibility of sleep apnea. Sometimes patients think they just snore because they do not have fatigue during the day. We will look at other signs and symptoms of sleep apnea, such as high blood pressure or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), to make sure we are treating the correct condition with the proper follow-up.
When we determine that we are only treating snoring, we have a variety of comfortable appliances to successfully treat it.If you think you have sleep apnea or if you are snoring, please talk to your physician to see if an oral appliance is for you. If you decide to have an oral appliance made, contact us for an appointment.
We invite you to contact our office today for more information about treatment for sleep apnea and snoring.