Are you constantly feeling restless in the morning? Have you been told that you snore loud enough to wake the dead or actually gasp in your sleep? If you’re struggling with snoring and breathing issues, our Oregon City dental team can examine you for signs of sleep apnea and provide reliable and comfortable devices to help you get a good night’s rest.
Sleep apnea is a common condition in which the airways are obstructed during sleep, which means you actually stop breathing while you sleep. Common signs of this disorder include loud snoring, long pausing in breathing, headaches, memory loss, constant fatigue, depression, and mood swings. Sleep apnea also has been known to increase your risk of heart disease and stroke, making it a potentially fatal disorder.
There are two main types of sleep apnea, Central Sleep Apnea Disorder and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Disorder, with the latter being the most common. Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when the throat muscles relax excessively to the point that they can narrow the airways or obstruct the airways altogether. This leads to long pauses in breathing and typically forces the patient to suddenly awake several times throughout the night.
Males 40 or older are more likely to get sleep apnea than females, and overweight males are even more likely to have sleep apnea. Other causes include having a larger neck size than 17 inches; family history of sleep apnea; acid reflux; and enlarged tonsils or a large tongue. Patients who are overweight and struggling with sleep apnea can improve their condition with regular exercise and dieting, but they can also benefit from our custom-made oral appliances.
When diagnosed with sleep apnea, sometimes mild lifestyle changes like weight loss, exercise, or quitting smoking or alcohol can reduce sleep apnea symptoms. If you’re a patient who cannot control their sleep apnea with lifestyle changes, the doctors at Oregon City Family Dentistry we will craft a small, comfortable oral appliance for you to wear while you sleep. The sleep apnea appliance pulls the lower jaw forward to open up the airways during sleep and restricts the tongue from blocking the airways. Patients who have used our sleep apnea appliances see almost instant results!
The appliances not only eliminate snoring, but they also allow patients to finally sleep peacefully. By eliminating your sleep apnea, you’ll feel well-rested in the morning and more productive in your daily life.
The oral appliances are much more comfortable and just as efficient as a CPAP machine. A CPAP machine is essentially a mask worn at night that blows air into the lungs; however, it can be extremely awkward and uncomfortable for patients. Our patients quickly grow comfortable with their custom-made appliances and have no trouble finding a comfortable spot in their bed like they would with a CPAP machine.
Our office can review your symptoms and quickly set up treatment to diagnose and treat your snoring and sleep apnea. Imagine never having morning headaches or feeling constant fatigue again. Call us today at 503-656-8250 or use the online form to schedule your first visit with us.
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