Treating sleep apnea doesn’t have to be complicated. To help you understand it better, we’ve created a lazy person’s guide to sleep apnea treatment to lay out what exactly it is and why you should care. Once you understand sleep apnea treatment a little better, Dr. Andrea Stevens is here to provide you with the treatment you need to get a better night’s rest. Treating sleep apnea is important for your health.
Major Symptoms To Watch Out For
If you don’t have a sleep apnea diagnosis, it’s important to visit a sleep physician for a diagnosis. They will have you visit a sleep clinic or use a take-home sleep test to monitor your sleep activity. Usually, if you experience any of the following symptoms, it’s a good idea to get tested.
- Loud snoring
- Choking/coughing/gasping for breath during sleep
- Morning headaches
- Sleepiness during the day
- Waking up feeling unrested
Sleep Apnea Explained
If you’re not too sure what sleep apnea is, you’re not alone. You might think it’s when you snore at night, but that’s not entirely true. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type and occurs when your throat muscles become relaxed when you sleep and thus block your airway. When your airway becomes blocked, oxygen to your brain becomes cut off, causing you to wake up throughout the night to catch your breath. This condition forces your heart to work harder and prevents you from sleeping soundly throughout the night. Over time, it can have detrimental effects on your health.
Treating Sleep Apnea
Fortunately, treating sleep apnea is actually quite simple. Once you’ve been diagnosed, Dr. Andrea Stevens can provide you with an oral appliance. An oral appliance is a mouthpiece you will wear every night while you sleep. The custom-fitted device pushes your lower jaw forward to open your airway and prevent your throat tissue from collapsing. This treatment is an alternative to CPAP, which most people find too uncomfortable and inconvenient to use consistently. An oral appliance, on the other hand, is completely comfortable to wear and works just as effectively to treat sleep apnea.
If you would like to wake up feeling more refreshed and stop snoring for good, Dr. Andrea Stevens is here to help. Please contact our dentist’s office in Kanata for a sleep apnea treatment consultation with our sleep dentist. Call 613.271.7091 or email us to request an appointment today. We can also refer you to a sleep physician for a diagnosis if you need one.