Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that involves the collapse of the airway during sleep. The patient’s soft tissue closes and the airway becomes blocked. The sufferer will wake up for a few seconds to reopen the airway. This pattern can repeat itself hundreds of times each night, leading to a lack of sleep and low oxygen levels.
Sleep apnea is linked to:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating during the day
- Loud snoring or gasping sounds
- Weight gain
- Mood swings
- Dry mouth and throat
- Morning headaches
- Acid reflux
- Memory problems
More importantly, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to threatening health issues like high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and obesity. At One Dental Care Center of Kalispell, we offer accurate screenings and effective treatments so that you can protect yourself against the dangers of obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Screenings
If daytime sleepiness and nighttime snoring have become a part of your life, come see Dr. Pittaway for a sleep apnea screening. We can perform a visual check to look for potential airway blockages. We may have you answer some questions so we can learn more about your personal symptoms.
If you grind your teeth, snore frequently, or breathe through your mouth, it is important to come in for a sleep apnea screening. Patients of all ages can be diagnosed with sleep apnea.
Oral Appliances to Treat Sleep Apnea
After you are properly diagnosed, we can help you recover with a non-invasive oral appliance. Sleep apnea appliances are custom-made to fit your teeth. They are worn like a mouth guard, only at night, to prevent the airway from collapsing.
Oral appliance therapy will allow you to breathe easily every night. Snoring will reduce and you will wake up feeling refreshed and well rested. The comfortable appliance fits easily and can work with every kind of lifestyle.
Sleep apnea can be scary, but treatment is simple. To learn more, call One Dental Care Center of Kalispell today!