If you have trouble getting a good night's sleep, you could be suffering from sleep apnea. The condition involves more than just snoring.
Without treatment, the condition can lead to depleted oxygen levels, depression, heart disease, and other medical problems.
Learn how a simple oral appliance from Sun City Dental can help the people of El Paso, TX, overcome this sleep disorder...
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
- Excessive snoring
- Daytime drowsiness
- Headaches in the morning
- Difficulty concentrating
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Is Caused by Upper Airway Obstruction
Sleep Apnea Risk Factors
- High blood pressure
- Alcohol consumption
- Being male
- Advanced age
- Family history
- Wide neck circumference
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
If any of the above symptoms or risk factors apply to you, you may have obstructive sleep apnea or another form of the condition. Here's what you should do to get the help you need.
Discussion with Your Doctor
Speak with your physician about possible warning signs of obstructive sleep apnea as soon as you notice them. Patients should also feel free to bring these issues up at our El Paso, TX, practice during dental checkups. We are here to help.
Undergoing a Sleep Study
Next, patients will undergo a professional sleep study. This test monitors your oxygen levels, breathing patterns, and other vital signs during sleep. Whether performed in a sleep center or using a kit at home, this is an important part of treating obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.
Analysis and Diagnosis
The data collected from the sleep study will help us determine if you have complex, obstructive, or central sleep apnea. From here, we can start to consider different procedures that may be effective.
Using the results of the study, we can develop a treatment plan that improves the quality of your sleep as well as your general health.
What about CPAP?
A common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP stands for "continuous positive airway pressure." CPAP machines consist of a mask worn at night attached to a console. The CPAP machine blows air through the mask to keep a patient's upper airway open. Some sleep apnea patients may benefit from using both an oral appliance and a CPAP machine.
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