Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is a serious sleeping disorder that should be treated as soon as it is diagnosed. Sleep apnea is when you start and stop breathing randomly while sleeping, which can make it extremely difficult to have energy during the day. If you believe you have sleep apnea, please come into our office in Coolidge, Arizona, immediately. At Rivers Edge Dental, we work closely with medical professionals to help diagnose and treat sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that makes it difficult to breathe while sleeping due to your throat muscles relaxing and closing your airway. This can start and stop your breathing suddenly, sometimes jolting you awake. Sleep apnea can be difficult to diagnose, as it occurs while you are sleeping. Symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loud snoring
- Lack of energy
- Waking up with headaches
- Gasping for air when you wake up
If you are suffering from the above symptoms, please let your dentist know so a sleep test can be performed.
The sooner you can treat sleep apnea, the sooner you will be able to sleep better and fully function. The most common treatment is to sleep using an assisted breathing machine,also known as a CPAP. The sleeping machine uses pressurized oxygen to force your throat muscles open and allow oxygen to pass through. While this may sound annoying, it is one of the most effective ways to treat sleep apnea. The machine can train your brain to open your throat muscles.
In more severe cases of sleep apnea, oral surgery may be required. Surgery can be done to reposition your jaw bone in order to allow your airway to open and close properly. If the jaw bone is not the issue, another surgery can be done to eliminate extra tissue in your throat that may be blocking the airway as well.
If you are in Coolidge, Arizona, and are suffering from sleep apnea, we invite you to call us or come into our office as soon as possible. At Rivers Edge Dental, we are highly trained and qualified to help you with sleep apnea.