Sleep Apnea Therapy in Columbus, OH
Sleep apnea, the periodic cessation of breathing for ten or more seconds at a time during sleep, is one of the most commonly diagnosed sleep disorders among US adults. While this disorder may seem harmless, left untreated sleep apnea leads to a number of health concerns like severe exhaustion, elevated blood pressure, and memory loss to name a few. While many patients rely on continuous positive airway pressure systems (CPAP) to relieve their apnea, oral appliances crafted by a dentist used independently or in conjunction with CPAP may be recommended. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, show any of the common warning signs of the disease, or just want to find out more about sleep apnea causes, diagnosis, and treatment options, Dr. Eric Buck and the Creative Smiles team would love to help. We have experience providing patients with risk assessments, oral appliance therapy, and working in partnership with sleep doctors to provide combined CPAP and oral appliance treatment. Contact our team to find out more or schedule a sleep apnea consultation today.
Sleep Apnea Diagnosis
Millions of US adults are diagnosed with sleep apnea every year, but research suggests an even greater number may be suffering from sleep apnea without diagnosis. To improve patients’ risk for early diagnosis and treatment, we encourage patients to let Dr. Buck or their family physician know right away if they experience any combination of the following symptoms:
- Severe day time sleepiness
- Loud, constant snoring every night
- Inability to concentrate
- Memory loss
- Dramatic change in mood or behavior
- Frequently waking feeling out of breather or like you’re choking
- Morning headaches or sore throat
- Elevated blood pressure
Oral Appliance Therapy
Comfortable and compact, oral appliances shift the jaw gently forward placing pressure on the throat muscles and keeping the airway clear during the night. These appliances are custom crafted to fit comfortably, allowing patients to breathe, speak, and even drink in some cases. These appliances may be a great alternative for patients who find themselves CPAP intolerant and those who travel frequently making CPAP systems less than ideal.
Patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea who find themselves unable to adapt to CPAP therapy or those who are not adequately treated with CPAP or oral appliance therapy alone may want to consider combined therapy. Using an oral appliance in conjunction with CPAP allows some patients to use the CPAP system on a lower setting, making it easier for the patient to adjust to the sounds and sensations of the CPAP system. Additionally, those patients who still experience instances of apnea using CPAP alone may achieve greater success with combined therapy.