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Sleep Apnea Treatment in Rowley

woman covering ear while man snores loudDo you frequently wake up feeling more tired than before you went to sleep? It may be time to seek an evaluation for sleep apnea. It is a condition that causes sufferers to stop breathing repeatedly throughout the night, resulting in heart problems, depression, and even premature death. Dr. St. Clair provides sleep apnea treatment in Rowley with the removable oral appliance.

Sleep Apnea: An Overview

The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It occurs when the lower jaw collapses during sleep, partially or completely blocking the proper flow of air through the throat.

Sleep apnea sufferers have their sleep interrupted hundreds of times in a single night -- racking up a severe oxygen deficit for the brain and other vital organs. Over time, the condition puts a serious strain on the heart, especially. High blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack are all linked to sleep apnea.

The condition is most common in patients who are overweight or obese, and slightly more prevalent in men than in women. Risk increases over the age of 55.

With increasing prevalence of childhood obesity, the frequency of OSA is rising in younger patients, too. Overweight children who are frequently irritable, have issues concentrating in school, or who report trouble sleeping should be evaluated for OSA.

Is It Really Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is almost always accompanied by loud, chronic snoring. But not all cases of persistent snoring are caused by OSA -- if you are concerned about your risk for the sleep condition, schedule an appointment with your general doctor for a diagnosis. He or she may refer you to a sleep clinic for a sleep test.

In addition to snoring, patients who are suffering from OSA will usually exhibit the following symptoms.

The sleep apnea sufferer may not remember a night of fitful sleep or snoring upon waking. Often, it is a partner who identifies an issue needing treatment. 

Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea

Traditionally, sleep apnea treatment involves a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. This device attaches to the face, forcing air into the lungs to keep the airway clear throughout the night. CPAP therapy is usually effective, but many patients abandon use when they find the device to be more disruptive than their original symptoms.

With oral appliance therapy, patients can enjoy a simpler, more comfortable solution. These small devices slightly reposition the jaw and/or tongue, minimizing the effects of sleep apnea and keeping patients breathing easily as they dream the night away.

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Have you recently received a sleep apnea diagnosis? Do not delay seeking treatment. Your dentist in Rowley can help you regain your restful sleep with a removable oral appliance. Request an appointment to discuss sleep apnea therapy today!