Sleep Apnea & Snoring
Do you always feel fatigued during the day? Does your loud snoring cause your partner to escape to the couch night after night? Do you have mood swings or difficulty concentrating at work or school?
These are all common symptoms that indicate you may be dealing with obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. Patients who suffer from OSA find that their lives are disrupted by a lack of restful sleep that affects just about every area of their lives.
Dr. Jesse Jenkins understands the difficulties that sleep apnea sufferers face and has been successfully treating OSA at her Arvada dental office for over ten years. She is so highly regarded in the field that Kaiser Permanente has contracted with her to design customized sleep apnea devices for their patients.
What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is also referred to as OSA. When you sleep, and your body relaxes, so do the muscles and soft tissues in your throat. As they do, they soften and collapse, obstructing your airway and you stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer. The lack of oxygen sends a signal to your brain, which snaps your body awake to breathe.
While some patients with sleep apnea experience these episodes hundreds of times a night, they may only become aware of it when their partner complains of loud snoring. But the effects of a lack of restful sleep follows you throughout your day and can include:
- Insomnia or disturbed sleep
- Chronic daytime fatigue
- Headaches on waking
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mood swings or depression
- Dry mouth or sore throat
Excessive snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnea because air can’t move freely through the airway and causes the vibration that we call snoring. However, not all sleep apnea sufferers snore, and not everyone who snores has sleep apnea.
You Need Restful Sleep, and We Can Help
Because your body is deprived of sufficient oxygen for long periods, sleep apnea also poses numerous serious health risks. Heart disease, hypertension, irregular heartbeats, and stroke all have been tied to sleep apnea, and daytime fatigue can also lead to drowsy-driving accidents.
Despite the overwhelming affect sleep apnea has on your life, treatment is often as simple as a customized oral appliance designed by Dr. Jenkins. We take impressions of your teeth that we use to create a mandibular advancement device that you wear over your upper and lower teeth while you sleep. The appliance advances your jaw slightly forward, which helps keep your airway open and prevents the muscles and soft tissue in your throat from collapsing.
The FDA has approved this treatment approach for mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea. If you have given up on your CPAP mask because it’s too noisy or uncomfortable to wear, you owe it to yourself and your health to see if our sleep apnea device can help you.
Are You Desperate for a Good Night’s Sleep?
If you are always tired even though you think you slept through the night, or your partner complains about your loud snoring, please call our Arvada dental office to schedule an appointment. Dr. Jenkins uses state-of-the-art technology to diagnose your sleep apnea and then works with you to create a solution so you can reclaim your sleep and your life.
Call us at (303) 456-4745, so we can get started.