Sleep apnea is a condition where breathing is interrupted multiple times throughout the night. Obstructive sleep apnea, where the airway is blocked during sleep, is the most common form. Central sleep apnea, where the brain fails to properly control breathing during sleep, is much rarer.
Sleep apnea affects sleep quality, which can lead to tiredness and irritability during the day. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to ever-worsening health and quality of life. It can even be fatal, although this is extremely rare.
Dr. Frank Scavuzzo offers sleep apnea treatment for his patients. If you think you may have sleep apnea, call Scavuzzo Dental Care today at 303-741-2727 to schedule your consultation.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Some of the most common signs of sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Dry mouth when you wake up
- Fatigue during the day
- Inability to concentrate
- Memory problems
Often, a partner notices the signs of sleep apnea before the person who actually has it does. Loud snoring is one of the main symptoms of sleep apnea, so if you’re constantly being woken up by your partner’s snoring, you may want to gently suggest seeing a doctor.
Sleep Apnea Risk Factors
Sleep apnea is most common in overweight men over the age of 40, although it can occur in men and women of all ages. Other risk factors for sleep apnea include:
- Being overweight
- Physical features such as having a large neck, tongue, or tonsils
- Family history of sleep apnea
Depending on the underlying reason for your sleep apnea, treatment may include lifestyle changes such as losing weight and eliminating or cutting down on smoking and alcohol use.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
The most common sleep apnea treatment is a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. However, these machines are loud, cumbersome, and uncomfortable to wear. If you can adjust to it, it’s the most effective sleep apnea treatment for many people. If you can’t get used to it and don’t use it, though, it won’t do anything for you.
If you don’t want to or can’t use a CPAP machine, we offer oral appliances designed to keep the airway open while you sleep. The benefits of using an oral appliance include:
- More comfortable
- Easy to travel with
- Easy to use
Dr. Scavuzzo will be happy to help you find a dental appliance that is easy to use and comfortable for you. The most important part of any sleep apnea treatment device is to use it consistently, so we want to make sure that we find the best option for you.
We may also recommend that you try to implement lifestyle changes. An oral appliance can help you out in the short term, but it only treats the symptoms. To address the root cause of your sleep apnea, you may need to lose weight or quit smoking. In many patients, implementing healthy lifestyle changes can actually cure their sleep apnea.
Schedule Your Sleep Apnea Consultation
If you suspect you may be suffering from sleep apnea, or if you are having trouble adjusting to a CPAP machine and want to pursue other treatment options, give us a call. You can request a consultation by calling Scavuzzo Dental Care at 303-741-2727.
We serve patients in Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, and nearby areas of greater Denver, Colorado.