Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious sleep disorder that currently affects approximately 22 million men and women in America. Characterized by excessive snoring and repetitive lapses in breathing, sleep apnea poses a significant risk to the health of a patient if not treated properly. Fortunately, there are a number of non-surgical solutions to sleep apnea and snoring, including oral applaince sleep apnea therapy in Ellensburg, WA at Pearl Care Dental.
When the soft tissues of the throat and mouth prevent proper breathing during sleep, the blood oxygen level in the blood quickly decreases, often dropping to dangerous levels throughout the night. The majority of patients suffering from sleep apnea are typically unaware that they are until a sleep partner mentions their loud snoring or difficulty breathing at night.
Other symptoms of OSA include:
· Waking abruptly during the night with chest pain and/or shortness of breath
Sleep apnea therapy at Pearl Care Dental can help you reduce your risk of other potentially life-threatening complications related to untreated OSA, including:
Because we understand that each of our patients is unique, our team specializes in developing customized sleep apnea treatment plans that take your individual needs and preferences into consideration from the very start. Our doctors and friendly staff will take the time to sit down with you to discuss your medical history, symptoms, concerns, and expectations in depth. In order to provide effective treatment for sleep apnea and snoring, we offer cutting-edge SomnoDent oral appliances. This treatment option offers its own set of benefits, so our doctors will thoroughly explain the advantages to help you make an informed treatment decision.
These comfortable, customizable appliances (often called a nightguards or snoreguards) are worn only while a patient sleeps, keeping the airway open to prevent snoring and instances of apnea. These devices have proven successful in the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea in patients who have experienced difficulty adjusting to CPAP therapy.
If you suspect that you or your sleeping partner may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, we invite you to contact our dental office today to schedule a consultation with our experienced, caring team. We genuinely look forward to helping you discover a sleep apnea solution that best suits your unique needs.