When it comes to getting a restorative night’s rest, how does your sleep measure up? For tens of millions across the nation, feeling refreshed after a full night of sleep seems like a distant dream. For those affected by obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), breathing is interrupted throughout the night, resulting in the restriction of oxygen flow to the brain. One of the most commonly reported symptoms of untreated OSA is excessive daytime fatigue, a side effect which can produce potentially life-threatening scenarios behind the wheel or one the job. At the office of Robert L. Holloway DDS, in addition to our comprehensive range of general, family and cosmetic dentistry services, we also offer customized oral appliance therapy for the treatment of mild to moderate 46060 sleep apnea.
So just why is it that 46060 sleep apnea results in a non-restorative night’s sleep? For patients with OSA, the soft tissues of the throat and mouth relax to the point of occluding the airway. This can result in loud or frequent snoring. However, unlike primary snoring—a relatively harmless condition—OSA results in the restriction of oxygen to the brain for as many as hundreds of times throughout the night, from a few seconds to over a minute at a time. Short term symptoms of OSA range from morning headaches, irritability and memory loss, to difficulty concentrating and excessive daytime fatigue. When left untreated, studies have linked the condition to an increased risk for high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease and stroke. For eligible patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea, we offer an effective and more comfortable alternative to CPAP therapy. With a customized oral appliance, the jaw can be kept safe and comfortable in a forward position, allowing for the continuous flow of air throughout the night while you sleep.
If you have been diagnosed with mild to moderate 46060 sleep apnea and are seeking a suitable alternative to CPAP therapy, we’re more than happy to help. To learn more about our dental sleep medicine services, call the office of Robert L. Holloway DDS today!