New Treatments in Sleep Apnea
by Megan Weisenberger, DMD
Are you tired of being tired? Does your partner’s snoring keep you up at night? Snoring, chronic fatigue, headaches, and hypertension can all be indications that one is suffering from sleep apnea. The most common sleeping disorder, sleep apnea can have a major impact on one’s health and well-being.
Sleep apnea occurs when one’s breathing stops and starts suddenly throughout the night. This interruption in the normal sleep rhythm prevents rejuvenating sleep. Not only can this leave us feeling sluggish throughout the day, but over time, can have serious medical implications. Studies have showen that chronic medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, acid reflux and stoke can be associated with underlying, undiagnosed sleep-related breathing disorders. By treating the sleep apnea, one may see improvements in their chronic conditions.
For many who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, the most common treatment has been a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. While effective, the CPAP machine can be uncomfortable, and many patients find they pull the machine off their face while they are asleep.
Fortunately, new treatments are entering the marketplace that are less cumbersome, such as an oral appliance, professionally fitted by a dentist. Using the MATRx Zepher™ overnight, in-home sleep test, a physician can determine if a patient has sleep apnea. If the condition is confirmed and ranges from mild to moderate, we can then work on an oral appliance that is worn during sleep to open the airway.
If you have ever been told that you snore, or you can’t understand why you don’t feel refreshed after what seemed like a full night of sleep, you may be experiencing the side effects of sleep apnea. If this sounds like you, please reach out to us and see how we can help you finally get a good night sleep.