Sleep Apnea and Snoring
If you wake up feeling tired and irritable, or if loved ones comment on your snoring, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Of course, not everyone who snores has this condition, but certain types of treatment—like appliance therapy—may prevent snoring even if you do not have sleep apnea, allowing your loved ones to get the rest they need as well.
Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous sleep disorder that requires intervention. Without treatment, this condition—which causes you to stop breathing during sleep—can lead to significant health complications, including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
- Insulin resistance
- Metabolic disorders
- Surgery complications
Sleep apnea may also be linked to bruxism (grinding and clenching your teeth) in some patients.
Fortunately, your prosthodontist in Mt. Pleasant, SC can help.
Sleep Apnea Risk Factors
Many health issues increase your risks for sleep apnea, including:
- Being male
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Lung disease
- Neck circumference
- Family history
- Narrow airway
- Alcohol use
Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment in Mt. Pleasant, SC
Your prosthodontist can assess your symptoms and make recommendations, which may include a sleep study with a trusted specialist. This method means a trained professional or a device monitors your sleep, checking for lapses in breathing. If you have sleep apnea, breathing cessation may occur multiple times throughout the night, robbing you of rest and putting your health at serious risk.
Treatment for sleep apnea may include surgery in severe obstructive cases or a CPAP machine. The CPAP machine delivers continuous air pressure through a nasal mask. However, many people find this approach cumbersome, and it can actually become another reason you’re not getting proper rest.
Depending on your level and type of sleep apnea, Dr. Mayur Patel can often craft a custom appliance to keep your airway open during sleep. This is a comfortable device that gently opens your airway as you rest. Many patients prefer this approach to treatment and can sleep soundly and safely for the first time in a long time.
We will monitor you closely and reassess as you spend time using your device. Your safety and rest are the top priority.
In any case, Dr. Patel will assess your sleep apnea and talk to you about your options.
For Sleep Apnea Treatment and Assessment in Mt. Pleasant, Contact Us
We want to help you sleep safely and comfortably. Contact a team member to learn more about sleep apnea treatment near me.
We are always happy to welcome new patients into our prosthodontic practice. And we invite people from all locations, including our neighbors in Charleston, Goose Creek, Isle of Palms, and Ladson.