Sleep Apnea Dentist in Denver, CO
Are you one of the millions of Americans suffering from sleep apnea? Are your symptoms making you toss and turn at night and crawl out of bed in an exhausted stupor each morning? We know, all too well, the problems that untreated or improperly treated sleep apnea can cause. You may even be surprised to discover that our Denver, CO, sleep dentist Dr. Steven Wilk could be the doctor you’re looking for to help you get your sleep apnea under control.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a type of sleep disorder that causes disruptions in normal breathing patterns while you sleep. During sleep, your breathing may either become shallow or actually stop temporarily. As these pauses in breathing occur, this shifts the body from deep sleep to light sleep, which impacts the overall restfulness and quality of your sleep.
What are the signs of sleep apnea?
How can you tell whether you might have sleep apnea? Do you experience any of these symptoms?
- Loud snoring
- Gasping for breath in the middle of the night
- Tossing and turning (overall restless sleep)
- Frequent morning headaches
- Extreme exhaustion throughout the day
- Not feeling rested despite getting enough sleep
- Dry mouth in the morning
- Trouble concentrating
- Mood swings
- Decreased sexual desire
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, particularly loud snoring or gasping for air in the middle of the night, you must see a sleep specialist to find out whether you might have sleep apnea.
Why does sleep apnea require treatment?
Sleep apnea requires treatment not just for managing symptoms and improving quality of life, but also for improving your health. Sleep apnea can increase your risk for certain health problems, including:
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
Why should I turn to a dentist?
If you are already at risk for heart disease or other chronic health conditions you must treat sleep apnea, no matter how minor it might be. While CPAP therapy is most often used to treat sleep apnea, it isn’t the only treatment option.
Dr. Wilk is triple board-certified sleep apnea that specializes in treating and managing both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with CPAP alternatives such as oral appliance therapy. This custom dental device can help keep airways open while you sleep to improve your current symptoms. It offers a portable, easy to wear, and comfortable alternative to treating sleep apnea and snoring.
If you are dealing with sleep apnea in Denver, CO, and you’ve either been told that you aren’t right for CPAP therapy, or you’re simply looking for an easier solution,
then call Denver Sleep Apnea Center at (303) 758-4865 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wilk!