Sleep apnea is a condition to take very seriously because it can lead to other major health consequences. At Mount Vernon Smile Design, we provide effective treatment for many cases of sleep apnea to help you improve your health.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep Apnea is defined as a condition that causes you to experience frequent and recurring shortness of breath while sleeping. It can be caused by the individual’s throat becoming overly relaxed while sleeping which blocks the airways and prevents normal breathing. This is referred to as obstructive sleep apnea.
Signs of sleep apnea include poor sleeping habits, frequent sore throats, recurring headaches, and a general inability to get a restful night sleep.
We’re concerned about the overall health of our patients, including their sleep health. Many people suffer needlessly from dangerous sleep disruptive disorders that keep them from getting enough oxygen at night. The risk of a heart attack is 23 times more likely than average with a sleep disorder, and 92% of stroke victims live unknowingly with this condition before an attack. Our training allows us to offer you education and treatment surrounding sleep health in the simplest and most cost-effective way possible.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is commonly caused by a person’s throat becoming overly relaxed while sleeping and blocking the airways—preventing normal breathing. This is referred to as obstructive sleep apnea, which is the most common type.
The condition is normally associated with loud, intense snoring, but just because a person snores doesn’t mean they have sleep apnea. Being overweight, excessive alcohol consumption or drug use can cause the airways to become more relaxed and result in blockages. Genetics can also play a role.
People with a family history of sleep apnea are more likely to suffer from the condition. It also more commonly affects men than women.
How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?
Sleep apnea is typically diagnosed using a polysomnogram or a sleep study. At Mount Vernon Smile Design, we offer a sleep study you can take in the comfort of your own home. Once returned, the doctors have a sleep specialist evaluate the study data collected to diagnose sleep disorders and recommend treatment. If indicated by the sleep doctor, Drs. Forsythe are trained to work with you to treat your obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy.
How is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea may involve surgery, CPAP or BiPAP machines, or oral appliance therapy. Oral appliances provide the least invasive option and often a good choice for the treatment of mild to moderate OSA. A carefully calibrated appliance can comfortably help hold the jaw in a precise position throughout the night, allowing critical oxygen flow.
All treatment recommendations should be made in consultation with your sleep physician. Once a treatment path that you can use consistently is chosen, we may be able to provide critical support for your efforts. If appliance therapy is selected, it’s essential the right method and positioning are designed to precisely maintain your airway.
Can sleep apnea kill you?
Sleep Apnea affects more than twenty-eight million people in the U.S. and is most commonly found in middle-aged men, about one in every twenty-five.
The side effects of sleep apnea are real, it is a serious condition that should be dealt with. And yes, about 38,000 people die each year from sleep apnea. Side effects of sleep apnea include:
- An increased risk of having a stroke
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Insulin resistance
- Gastric Reflux
- Weight gain and inability to lose weight
- Increased risk of cancer
- High blood pressure
- Heart attacks