Sleep apnea affects countless adults every year. You may be able to guess that you have it if you wake up tired even after adequate sleep or if your partner reports that you snore loudly or stop breathing throughout the night. While it is tied mainly to older males who are overweight, it can affect men or women of nearly any age.
Without proper treatment, sleep apnea can lead to extreme fatigue, high blood pressure, depression and irritability. Most often, doctors choose to diagnose sleep apnea through a sleep study performed at an overnight clinic. While you sleep, you will be attached to several monitors that will monitor your breathing, oxygen saturation and other important numbers. If it is determined that you have sleep apnea, a number of treatments may be be prescribed.
The Downsides of Certain Treatments
CPAP is the primary treatment method prescribed for obstructive sleep apnea. With it, you will be sent home with a portable device that will sit near your bedside. A long hose will connect the device to a mask that fits over your entire nose. The machine will provide continuous pressure to keep your airways open. Although this is a great option for some people, others find it to be bulky and inconvenient.
Oral appliances are normally made of plastic and metal and are made to fit into your mouth to keep your throat open. Our dentist is a good person to talk to about an oral appliance. However, it’s likely that we’ll have a better solution available.
Laser Treatment to the Rescue
If your sleep apnea has not been responsive to other treatment methods or you’re simply looking for a better solution, consider a laser treatment at Carnegie Dental Clinic. A series of treatment sessions is typically required; however, the sessions are convenient and simple; they are performed in the comfort of our office.
Since sleep apnea is a serious condition that can lead to life-altering symptoms, you should seek diagnosis and treatment immediately if you believe that you have it. You may be unaware that you have any symptoms, and your partner may be a good person to speak to if you are concerned about your nighttime breathing. We encourage you to visit us at Carnegie Dental Clinic if you are concerned that you may have sleep apnea. We can provide you with the right treatment. You may be surprised at just how well you sleep after that. Contact us today for a consultation in Victoria.