Treating sleep apnea can help you avoid serious health complications. Unfortunately, sleep apnea treatment methods aren't always so comfortable. If your continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine keeps you up at night, your Denver, CO, dentist, Dr. Steven Wilk of Denver Sleep Apnea Center offers a more pleasant sleep apnea treatment.
Why it's important to treat sleep apnea
If you've tried and failed to adjust to a CPAP machine, you may be reluctant to try another type of treatment. Unfortunately, if you don't treat your sleep condition, you might be more likely to develop a variety of serious health conditions, including:
- Heart attack
- Heart disease
- Irregular heartbeats
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Weight gain
In addition, sleep apnea can make you feel exhausted and irritable during the day and may even increase your risk of a car accident. Is loud snoring one of your sleep apnea symptoms? Your spouse, partner, family, or roommate will probably sleep easier if you can get your snoring under control with sleep apnea treatment.
How dentists treat sleep apnea
Sleep apnea can occur if your tongue falls back against your throat while you sleep. If this happens, airflow to your lungs decreases or stops completely. In fact, you can have hundreds of breathing pauses every night, each lasting several seconds. Over time, the cumulative effects of these pauses disrupt your sleep and deprive your brain of oxygen, increasing your risk of health consequences.
Although the CPAP machine is an effective way to treat sleep apnea, you may decide to stop using the machine if you find the mask uncomfortable or if the noise disrupts your sleep. Fortunately, your dentist offers a low-tech treatment option that can help you control your symptoms.
The oral appliance, worn while you sleep, repositions your tongue and moves your jaw forward, preventing your tongue from blocking your airway. During your visit to the Denver, CO dental office, your dentist will fit you with your custom-made appliance. Oral appliances are not only comfortable and quiet, but don't require electricity or take up too much room in your luggage while you're traveling.
Are you ready to try a new sleep apnea treatment? Call Dr. Wilk, your dentist at Denver Sleep Apnea Center in Denver, CO, at (303) 758-4865 to schedule your appointment.