Sleep apnea can make life less enjoyable and pose serious risks to your health. If you’re suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, you’re at increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and other serious complications. If your snoring disturbs your spouse, you experience shortness of breath that actually wakes you up, or you’re frequently so tired that you fall asleep during the day, you’ll want to visit a health professional with experience treating sleep apnea. Dr. Edward Carter can diagnose your sleep apnea problem and help you receive the sleep apnea therapy you need.
You may be wondering whether or not you’re suffering from the symptoms of sleep apnea. Do you experience:
These are signs of sleep apnea. We encourage you to contact our Topton, PA dental office if you’re suffering from chronic problems like these.
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type, and it is caused by the relaxation of muscles in your throat. When these muscles relax, it allows the soft tissues of the mouth and throat to obstruct the airway, stopping your breathing for long pauses. When your breathing pauses, your brain brings you out of sleep momentarily to correct the problem. Imagine this happening several times over the course of a single night. Your sleep will not be very restful with obstructive sleep apnea interrupting deep sleep repeatedly.
At the office of Dr. Edward Carter in Topton, PA, we treat obstructive sleep apnea with the use of intraoral appliances designed to keep your airway clear. In order to obtain a proper diagnosis, we use home sleep studies that can be assessed by computers right here in our office. Typically, sleep studies have been performed in medical facilities where you would stay overnight, so our use of sleep studies that can be performed as you sleep in the comfort of your own home presents a great advantage for your comfort.
Once you’ve been properly diagnosed, we’ll create a custom sleep apnea appliance to alleviate your problems with snoring and sleep apnea. These oral appliances offer a far more comfortable option compared to CPAP masks. They hold the mouth in position to prevent the obstruction of the airway by soft tissues, allowing you to breathe freely during sleep.
If you see yourself in the symptoms of sleep apnea, contact our Topton dental office for an appointment. Don’t run the risk of serious health complications and continued fatigue from sleep apnea; we offer solutions.