Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatment in Centennial, CO
Dentistry in the Centennial, CO community
Does your sleep partner complain about your loud snoring? Do you often wake in the morning feeling drowsy and tired even though you’re sure you got a good night’s sleep?
These are common symptoms we all experience occasionally. If they become such a problem that they compromise your quality of life during the daytime, however, apnea or OSA may be to blame.
As a sleep apnea sufferer himself, Dr. Michael J. Franquemont understands how a lack of restful sleep can impact your life. He has spent many continuing education hours learning about OSA treatment so he can offer personalized sleep apnea solutions for his Centennial patients.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
As we go to sleep and our bodies relax, the muscles in our throat soften, and our tongue drops backward. This is normal, but with OSA, this blocks your airway and restricts you from breathing freely.
Because your body needs oxygen, it forces you to wake up to breathe, and the result is usually a loud gasping breath or snorting sound. If you have sleep apnea, you may experience these episodes hundreds of times in one night.
What Are Some Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
It is often a partner that first notices the symptoms of sleep apnea because of snoring or the loud gasping sounds that occur because the airway is blocked. Those who live alone may just feel tired and worn out and not realize that sleep apnea is the culprit.
Common daytime symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Morning headaches
- Daytime fatigue
- Trouble concentrating
- Mood swings or irritability
- Drowsy driving accidents
All these symptoms diminish your quality of life, but there are also medical risks, including high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, heart attack, and stroke. Until recently, the standard of care for sleep apnea was a CPAP machine and mask.
While CPAP is still recommended for severe sleep apnea, the FDA has approved a simple oral device that may help your mild to moderate sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Centennial, CO
While sleep apnea can take a toll on your life, in some cases, the solution is as simple as an oral device that repositions your jaw while you sleep. It is customized for you with digital impressions, and it fits over your teeth like a nightguard. The device positions the jaw slightly forward, so your airway stays open during sleep.
Many of our patients are surprised and relieved to find such an easy solution to help them breathe freely again and get the restful night’s sleep they desperately need.
Do You Have Sleep Apnea? Call So We Can Help You
The first step is to schedule an appointment so our sleep apnea dentist can perform a thorough examination to evaluate your needs. He will ask about your symptoms and take x-rays to determine the severity of your condition.
We may also recommend a sleep study to ensure that we use the healthiest and safest approach to treat your OSA. In this case, Dr. Mike will coordinate the study with your physician to determine the most appropriate treatment in your case and see if the oral appliance is right for you.
There’s no reason to let sleep apnea compromise your quality of life and threaten your general health and well-being. If you’re always sleepy or your partner complains of your loud snoring, call our Centennial dental office to schedule a convenient appointment.