Sleep Apnea Treatment – Falmouth, ME
Enjoy Uninterrupted Sleep Again
You go to bed at the same time every night to make sure you’re getting your recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Despite this, you frequently find that you’re unusually tired the next day. Why aren’t you feeling as rested as you should? Oftentimes, it may be due to sleep apnea – a potentially dangerous sleep disorder that, fortunately, our team at Falmouth Dentistry can help with in many cases. Schedule a consultation for sleep apnea treatment in Falmouth with Dr. Chadbourne today by calling our dental office.
Why Choose Falmouth Dentistry for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
- Various Options for Oral Appliances
- High-Quality Dental Care
- Patient-Centered Experience
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sometimes, you might experience pauses in your breathing while you’re asleep. If these pauses occur more than 5 times in a single hour and last more than 10 seconds each, then you have what’s known as sleep apnea. Each pause in breathing can cause your body to partially wake up. The frequent interruptions of your slumber are why you may feel unusually exhausted the following day. The cause of sleep apnea can vary, although it’s most commonly the result of the airway being blocked by collapsed tissues in your throat.
The Dangers of Untreated Sleep Apnea
In the short term, the drowsiness associated with sleep apnea can increase your risk of accidents while driving. As for the long term, if you don’t have your sleep apnea treated, you may find yourself suffering from high blood pressure, rapid weight gain, depression, and memory problems. You could even be more likely to have a potentially deadly heart attack or a stroke. In short, sleep apnea is a very serious threat to your well-being, and you should never take it lightly.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
Sleep apnea treatment can only begin once the disorder has been diagnosed. We can make whatever arrangements are needed to help you have a sleep test performed at home. An expert will look over the results of your test and decide whether you are likely to have sleep apnea based on your heart rate, your breathing patterns, and several other factors.
Treating sleep apnea usually involves a CPAP machine, but you also have the option of wearing an oral appliance provided by a dentist. An oral appliance can help hold your tongue in place and move your jaw forward to prevent airway obstructions that can result in sleep apnea episodes.
There are different brands of sleep apnea appliances, such as Somnomed Flex, Somnomed Avant, Prosomnus Evo, Herbst, Oasys, and Suad. When you visit our office, we can go over what makes each appliance unique and narrow down the one that you should get based on your needs.
If you’re interested in learning more about sleep apnea treatment and how Dr. Chadbourne can help, visit her sleep apnea website for additional help.