Treat Sleep Apnea Without CPAP
Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes involuntary pauses of breathing during sleep. If you show signs of symptoms, it is time to consult with your dentist about your treatment options.
- Weight gain
- Dry mouth
- Loud snoring
- Gasping for air during sleep
- Mood swings
- Lack of awareness
When sleep apnea is left untreated, it can cause serious health complications such as stroke, diabetes, and other life-threatening circumstances. If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or believe you have this disorder, it is time to find a sleep apnea or snoring treatment option.
Sleep Apnea & Snoring Treatment Options
After you have received a diagnosis, a sleep dentist can discuss a treatment plan that is suitable for you.
CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure and is a machine that is often used to treat restless sleep. A mask is worn over the face and an air pump allows for a consistent flow of pressurized air into the lungs. Although many patients initially begin treatment with a CPAP, often individuals experience:
- Lack of sleep due to limited mobility
- Skin irritation around mask placement
- An increased risk of sinus infection
- Nose and throat irritation
- Airway dryness
- Smothering sensation
- CPAP intolerance
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is a popular and effective way to treat sleep apnea without the added side effects one may experience with a CPAP. This treatment simply involves a mouthguard that manageably fits in between your teeth to allow consistent breathing for a healthy night’s sleep.
Unlike a CPAP device, oral appliance therapy patients adjust normally to sleep because they do not need to wear an uncomfortable mask to bed.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Superior, CO
Flatirons is here to help you start sleeping soundly. We partner with Denver Sleeps, a network of dentists who specialize in sleep apnea treatment. To learn more about your options, call Flatirons Family Dental & Orthodontics at 720-304-3267 or contact us online.