Sleep Apnea Therapy in Clintonville, 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. Michael Cook 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. Cook 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.
Combined Sleep Apnea Therapy
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.
Sleep Apnea FAQ’s
Millions of Americans fail to get adequate rest at night because they suffer from sleep apnea. Throughout the years of helping patients recover from the condition so they can lead happier and more fulfilling lives, we’ve noticed some common questions that have arisen in regard to the condition. Because we feel strongly that education is just as important as receiving the vital care you need, we’ve listed five of the most frequently asked questions about sleep apnea. If you’re not getting the sleep your mind and body desperately need, don’t hesitate to contact us to receive the care you need.
What are some of the warning signs of sleep apnea?
People with sleep apnea usually experience some common warning signs. If you notice any of the following indicators, then you should give us a call:
- Loud snoring
- Decreased libido
- Morning headaches
- Bouts of depression
- Daytime sluggishness
- Inability to concentrate
- Morning throat soreness
- Mood swings and bouts of depression
Will I have to wear a mask at night?
The most common form of treating sleep apnea is with a CPAP machine, which involves wearing a nasal mask while sleeping. The machine, which forces air into the throat helps to prevent bouts of apnea. However, many patients aren’t fond of this method. To ensure you can have a peaceful and restful night of sleep, we can provide you with a custom oral appliance instead.
What can I do to encourage better rest?
In addition to receiving sleep apnea therapy, there are some steps you can take to get the rest you need at night. For starters, you should be sure to discontinue the usage of any electronic devices at least one hour before retiring for bed. Additionally, it helps to intentionally unwind before bed by reading a book, meditating or taking a warm bath.
What can happen if my sleep apnea isn’t treated?
It’s a bad idea to ignore sleep apnea. Researchers have found connections between it and elevated blood pressure, stroke, liver dysfunction, diabetes and heart disease. This shows just how important getting quality sleep is for maintaining your overall health. The sooner you reach out to us, the quicker we can help you get back to leading a normal life.
How do I get diagnosed for sleep apnea?
There are two basic routes you can take to be diagnosed. You can either reach out to your physician to undergo a sleep test. Then, we can review your results and create a treatment program for you. The other option is to contact Dr. Cook to be tested. By taking the appropriate action and receiving sleep apnea treatment in Clintonville, you can soon have restful nights and more functional days.