Do you suffer from insomnia? Do you wake up feeling exhausted, even after a full night’s sleep? Has anyone ever told you that you snore or grind your teeth while you sleep?
These symptoms may indicate you have sleep-disordered breathing or sleep apnea. At our practice, Dr. Oppenlander offers effective treatment for sleep apnea, snoring and bruxism, or teeth grinding.
What is obstructive sleep apnea and is it dangerous?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a condition where the soft tissue at the back of your throat collapses while you sleep, blocking your airway. Close to 30 million adults in the United States suffer with obstructive sleep apnea. This form of sleep apnea can cause you to stop breathing hundreds of times a night for up to a minute at a time.
Doctors estimate that roughly 1 in every 15 people is living with sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, you are at a higher risk for:
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure (hypertension)
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Chronic Acid Reflux
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Irregular Heartbeat
- Worsening ADHD
- Weight Gain
In addition to the physical toll of sleep apnea, not getting enough restful sleep can also affect your personal and professional life, leaving you groggy and tired throughout the day.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Traditional treatment for obstructive sleep apnea has long been a CPAP machine. However, many patients struggle to tolerate CPAP therapy due to skin irritation, claustrophobia, anxiety, and removal of the mask during sleep. For patients with obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Oppenlander may instead recommend oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy is the number one non-surgical alternative for patients who are CPAP intolerant. A customized oral appliance worn while sleeping positions your lower jaw to open your airway. This reduces or eliminates snoring and disordered breathing, and helps stop bruxism as well.
If you’re concerned about snoring, bruxism or sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with Dr. Oppenlander today. Our practice works with board-certified sleep physicians and will help you navigate your medical insurance coverage for treatment.