If you are constantly on the go, you might think feeling that fatigue is just a hallmark of our times.
But the truth is that constant drowsiness — particularly when you’re doing something important like driving or attending a work meeting — can be a sign of unmanaged obstructive sleep apnea.
Millions of Americans are currently living with obstructive sleep apnea, a common but potentially dangerous condition. People with obstructive sleep apnea experience “episodes” throughout the night, in which periodic blockages of their airways interrupt their sleep.
This often results in excessive snoring or jolting awake gasping for air. These episodes can happen dozens of times throughout the night and prevent the sleeper from feeling truly rested.
If you’ve been suffering from poor sleep or excessive snoring, it’s time to find out if you’re living with unmanaged obstructive sleep apnea.
At Alliance Dental Care, we can help you get an accurate diagnosis and find a sleep apnea solution that fits your lifestyle. Read on for more information about sleep apnea, as well as ways our Fort Worth, TX office can help.
Then, give us a call at 817-985-3077 to schedule an appointment.
What Are The Symptoms Of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is marked by repeated blockages of the airway; the sleeper’s tongue may fall against their soft palate, causing the soft palate to collapse against the back of the throat.
It’s unclear why this happens, although there are some factors that increase the likelihood you’ll experience this sort of airway blockage. People who are overweight, middle-aged, and male tend to be more prone to obstructive sleep apnea, although it’s important to note that it is seen in females and patients of all ages and body types.
Some of the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:
- Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
- Headaches in the morning
- Restless sleep
- Excessive snoring
- Waking up gasping for air or feeling as if you’re choking
- Sleepiness during the day
- Night sweats
- Trouble concentrating
On its own, obstructive sleep apnea can be unpleasant. But it’s also linked to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and other serious health complications. Obstructive sleep apnea can also increase your risk of workplace-related accidents and automobile collisions.
How Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?
In many cases, getting an accurate sleep apnea diagnosis requires going to a special sleep lab, where technicians perform a battery of tests and monitor your sleep. These labs can be unfamiliar and uncomfortable.
But at Alliance Dental Care, it’s possible to collect data about your night-time breathing from the comfort and privacy of your own home!
We’ll simply have you complete two at-home Ez Sleep tests. Dr. Karr will work with a trusted medical doctor to interpret your results. Then, they’ll provide you with an accurate diagnosis so we can quickly start working on finding your perfect sleep apnea solution.
How Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treated?
Traditionally, obstructive sleep apnea is treated with use of a CPAP (or continuous positive airway pressure) device. It consists of a mask, which fits over your nose or mouth (or both). The mask is connected to a machine that pushes air into your nose and/or mouth to keep the airway open.
But many people find CPAP machines unwieldy and uncomfortable.
That’s why we’re proud to offer custom oral appliances as a more comfortable alternative to CPAP machines! These dental devices look like athletic mouthguards that you simply pop into your mouth before bedtime. The device adjusts the position of your jaw, which keeps the airway clear — no masks, straps, or tubes required.
Overcome Fatigue And Excessive Snoring With Sleep Apnea Treatment
At Alliance Dental Care, we understand that a good night’s sleep is vital to your overall happiness and wellbeing. When you choose our office for your sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment, we’ll do everything we can to earn your trust and exceed your expectations.
Plus, you’ll feel great in Dr. Karr’s care every step of the way. He’s a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and has had considerable training in this area of dentistry. Dr. Karr has seen over 23,000 patients during his time in practice! He has provided tens of thousands of patients with high-quality dental care, and he’ll do the same for you.
Our excellent care goes beyond the dental chair, too. Alliance Dental Care is also uniquely poised to help you with health insurance matters related to your sleep apnea treatment. We have a billing administrator on staff who is an expert on sleep medicine and acts as an intermediary between you and your insurance provider!