Your Guide to Sleep Apnea Care
Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that damages your quality of life. Unfortunately, this common condition affects 22 million Americans. If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, you want a treatment that doesn’t restrict the way you live.
Patients Seeking Alternatives to CPAP
Sleep apnea sufferers are frequently prescribed with a CPAP machine to treat their disorder. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. This treatment method administers a constant flow of air to the patient’s airway through a mask that’s worn over your face.
Patients often dislike their CPAP machine because it’s annoying and unpleasant to use. It’s loud, uncomfortable, and it requires you to sleep on your back all night long. In fact, a lot of patients stop using CPAP altogether.
Many of our patients at the Southern Utah Sleep & TMJ Center prefer to treat their sleep apnea using an oral appliance. This small device is custom-made to fit comfortably inside your mouth while you sleep.
How Sleep Apnea Impacts Your Health
Sleep is an essential aspect of your life. It’s recommended that everyone get between seven and nine hours of sleep each night to maintain your health. This makes it possible to efficiently carry out your daily functions. However, when someone’s experiencing sleep apnea symptoms, they’re often getting a lot less sleep than they need.
Untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious physical and mental health problems. Some of these conditions include diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression. Seeking treatment will help you gain a better night’s sleep and dramatically improve your health.
Sleep Apnea & Snoring
Snoring is a condition that can be caused by a variety of factors and it’s a major symptom of sleep apnea. Heavy snoring can disrupt your partner’s sleep, causing tension in a relationship.
If you snore, there’s a good chance you’re also suffering from sleep apnea. That’s why it’s essential to find the exact cause of your snoring. If Dr. White discovers signs of sleep apnea, he’ll provide you with an easy-to-use sleep test that you can take at home.
Once you receive your diagnosis, you’ll be provided with a prescription for sleep apnea care. Then Dr. White will help you find the treatment that works best for you. Sleep apnea and snoring can both be treated with oral appliance therapy.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I schedule an appointment?
To schedule an appointment with Dr. White, simply give us a call at 435-267-0486 and ask to speak with a member of our team. If you’d prefer, you can also fill out a convenient contact form on our website and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
How can a dentist tell if you have sleep apnea?
A dentist can tell if you have sleep apnea because there are often signs of the disorder in your mouth and throat. Dentists are well-educated on the health of these areas, so they’re often the person who can best tell if something is wrong.
While your dentist may be able to point out signs of sleep apnea, you must be formally diagnosed by a qualified physician in order to receive treatment. The only way to do this is to undergo a sleep test and review the results with your physician.
Once you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. White can develop a treatment plan just for you. With the help of a convenient oral appliance and some basic lifestyle changes, he can provide the relief you need to enjoy a sound night’s rest.