It wasn’t long ago that Dr. Roeder was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, a chronic condition where periodic airway blockages interrupt your sleep.
He and his wife were frustrated with the CPAP — or continuous positive airway pressure — device he was prescribed to help him breathe easier throughout the night. He thought there had to be a more comfortable way to alleviate excessive snoring and other unpleasant symptoms of sleep apnea.
So, he trained with sleep care professionals and found that a simple dental device could be used to help those suffering from sleep apnea get a better night’s rest!
Dr. Roeder treated his own sleep apnea with a dental device to great success; he went from severe sleep apnea to practically no longer experiencing the symptoms.
Since then, he’s replicated these results for many of his patients, and he can do the same for you!
If you’re tired of your CPAP machine — or if you’re living with unmanaged sleep apnea — give us a call at (215) 804-4777 to schedule an appointment. We’ll help you get the good night’s rest you need and deserve.
CPAP Machine Vs. Dental Devices
Traditionally, patients have been prescribed a CPAP machine to relieve the symptoms associated with sleep apnea. A CPAP device consists of a mask that covers your nose or mouth (or in some cases both). The mask is connected to a machine that controls airflow into your nose and/or mouth to keep the airway open and prevent sleep apnea “episodes.”
But many patients find that the CPAP machine is awkward to wear, so they just don’t use it. And of course, a treatment can’t be effective if it isn’t used properly.
That’s why for many people, a dental device is a better option! It resembles an athletic mouthguard that’s custom-made to fit your mouth. You just insert it into your mouth right before bedtime, and it prevents your tongue and the tissue at the back of your throat from obstructing your airway. This is how it alleviates the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, such as excessive snoring!
The Symptoms Of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Millions of Americans are living with obstructive sleep apnea. Though it’s a common condition, it’s also potentially dangerous.
Some of the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:
- Excessive snoring that wakes you and/or your partner
- Waking up with a sore or dry throat
- Headaches or migraines, particularly in the morning
- Lack of energy during the day
- Forgetfulness or irritability
- Occasionally waking up feeling like you’re choking or gasping for air
- Restless sleep
There are also certain risk factors that make you more susceptible to sleep apnea. If you are male, are overweight, have a large neck or tonsils, are older than 40 years old, or have a family history of sleep apnea, it puts you at increased risk.
Unmanaged obstructive sleep apnea has been linked to a number of serious health problems like heart failure. That’s because when people with obstructive sleep apnea experience an “episode” of interrupted breathing, the momentary lack of oxygen stresses the heart.
Because sleep apnea can also prevent you from getting quality sleep, it’s also linked to an increased likelihood of workplace accidents and traffic accidents. That’s why it’s so important to promptly treat sleep apnea! You’ll be safer and healthier, and you’ll be happier too.
Getting An Accurate Diagnosis
If you suspect you may have obstructive sleep apnea, the first thing to do is contact a medical professional to seek an official diagnosis. At Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care, we can help you get an accurate diagnosis. Just give us a call to schedule a sleep apnea consultation.
Usually, getting a diagnosis involves a sleep test, which can be performed in a sleep lab or in some cases in the privacy of your own home. The goal of this test is to collect data on things like oxygenation and breathing issues throughout the night. Using that data, a sleep specialist will offer a diagnosis.
After that, we’ll be able to determine whether a dental device would be helpful for you!
Get A Better Night’s Sleep
High-quality sleep is important for your overall health and happiness. If you’re living with unmanaged sleep apnea, or if you’re unhappy with your CPAP device, Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care can help! Whether you need help with a diagnosis or are interested in trying a dental device for yourself, we’d be happy to assist you.
You and your partner don’t have to tolerate excessive snoring or restless nights. You deserve a good night’s sleep, and our compassionate team can help you get there.