Sleep Apnea Treatments in Archdale, NC
This video provides an overview of obstructive sleep apnea and the serious and dangerous complications to your overall health that can result if it is left untreated.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disorder that can have a profound impact on an individual’s quality of life. Loud, disruptive snoring is typically the first sign of sleep apnea and can affect a person’s daytime mood, energy, and memory.
Some factors that have been found to be associated with sleep apnea include:
- Gender– Males are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea
- Age– Older adults typically have sleep apnea
- Obese or overweight
- Large neck circumference
- Enlarged tissues, such as tonsils or adenoids
- Alcohol consumption
- Tobacco intake
The Different Types of Sleep Apnea
The sleep disorder may be seen in three different forms, however, there are two that are more common– central and obstructive. The third type of sleep apnea is known as mixed, and it’s a combination of the other two. Generally, the majority of our patients suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, but it’s crucial to know the difference to help distinguish your disorder.
Central Sleep Apnea
Central sleep apnea (CSA) occurs when the brain and the nervous system fail to communicate through proper breathing signals. This means your ability to breathe is impaired and you may wake up short of breath or have trouble falling asleep.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The more common form, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when there’s an obstruction in the throat that interrupts your breathing pattern. The obstruction typically occurs when the soft muscles in the throat relax, causing you to snore and blocking your airway.
You’ll stop breathing for seconds at a time, but your brain senses this and will quickly awaken you so you can return to proper breathing. This arousal is so brief that many don’t even recall waking up. However, this pattern can repeat up to 30 times per hour throughout the night, damaging the quality of your sleep.
Symptoms and How it Affects Your Health
Along with raucous snoring, other symptoms patients initially notice include daytime fatigue, memory loss, irritability, and insomnia. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to major health risks, and in severe cases, death.
Research has found that sleep apnea can increase your risk of heart failure, type 2 diabetes, depression, and high blood pressure. In order to help avoid these life-threatening ailments, it’s best to seek out treatment as soon as you or a loved one suspect the sleep disorder.
Discovering Effective Treatments
At Triad Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Keith Macdonald has completed additional training courses and gained knowledge through lecture seminars on all aspects of dental sleep treatments and airway evaluation.
By doing so, he is able to help patients receive a proper diagnosis for their sleep apnea right here at our dental office through a valid, FDA-approved sleep test. This is the only way to detect sleep apnea so patients can get started on effective treatments with confidence.
Your diagnosis will include:
- A complete sleep evaluation
- Rhinometer analysis to easily measure your nasal capacity
- Pharyngometer analysis to measure your airway size and stability
Oral Appliance Therapy
Many patients are first prescribed a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask to relieve snoring and other sleep apnea symptoms. However, nearly half or more of these users complain that their CPAP is inconvenient, uncomfortable, claustrophobic, or too noisy.
With advancements in dental technology, there is now a smaller, less-invasive, more suitable treatment for patients who can’t stand using their CPAP– an oral appliance.
Dr. Macdonald offers oral appliances to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea and help clear the obstruction in a patient’s throat that’s stopping them from breathing. This treatment has been found to be much more comfortable for patients, allowing them to sleep soundly through the night to help them regain their energy.