You wake up with a sudden nudge in your side – again! This happens to you frequently and your partner often complains that your loud snoring keeps them awake. You’ve tried breathing strips with little to no success, and you often find yourself alone as your partner has escaped to the guest bed. Loud snoring that wakes your partner, waking with a gasp, a choke, or a cough are also common signs of sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
The most common form of sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing and you wake up. This is known as obstructive sleep apnea, and it can actually cause you to wake hundreds of times throughout the night, though you don’t realize it. In serious cases, it can be life threatening.
Sleep Apnea is not isolated to one specific age group, many children have Sleep Apnea that goes undiagnosed.
Lack of rest can take its toll on your health. It can contribute to difficulty focusing or concentrating or you may wake up with frequent headaches. Sleep apnea can also contribute to chronic fatigue and weight gain.
How Can I Treat My Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is typically treated by your Physician with CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure therapy. CPAP therapy requires you to wear a large, bulky mask while you sleep that delivers oxygen constantly at a pressure that’s right for your needs. While this treatment is effective for many patients, there are people who have a hard time wearing the facemask while they sleep, or find the machine to be too loud.
Dr. Ratto offers alternative therapy for sleep apnea with an oral appliance. The appliance is custom designed to slightly reposition your jaw forward and keep your airway open for clear breathing. The appliance is comfortable easy to wear and doesn’t interfere with your sleep routine.
Dr. Ratto has over 40 of experience helping patients effectively manage their sleep apnea and he’s happy to partner with your physician or other specialists to ensure that you’re receiving the most effective treatment for your needs. Contact Progressive Health Dental today to learn more.