Sleep Apnea Treatment Springville, UT
Sleep apnea is a common ailment that prevents many people from getting a good night’s sleep. The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) estimates that 54 million adults in the U.S. suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA.) Out of those millions, close to 75 percent have severe OSA, yet it often goes undiagnosed.
Breathing difficulties at night, snoring loudly, or lack of energy during the day are all tell-tale signs of obstructive sleep apnea. If you have this problem and are looking for sleep apnea treatment in Springfield, UT, we can help. Schedule an appointment with a certified doctor at Maple Creek Dental to start your treatment today!
What is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that makes it difficult for you to breathe while sleeping. With OSA, your throat partially or fully collapses while you are sleeping, obstructing your airways and making it difficult for you to breathe. Patients usually register lower oxygen in the blood that comes back to normal when the airways open.
The complete collapse of your back throat is referred to as “apnea,” while a partial collapse is referred to as “hypopnea.” One of the common symptoms of OSA is snoring or gasping for breath while you are asleep.
Another type of sleep apnea is central apnea. This type of sleep apnea is caused by the brain, failing to signal the muscles responsible for breathing.
Types of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can vary in severity, from mild to moderate to severe. Mild OSA affects the majority of people suffering from OSA. These people have five to 15 OSA episodes in an hour. Moderate OSA occurs when a patient suffers 15 to 30 OSA episodes in one hour. In severe OSA, a person has more than 30 episodes in just one hour.
An OSA episode is characterized by high blood pressure as well as an increase in your pulse. Left unchecked, severe OSA can lead to other health problems.
Why Should You Get Treatment for OSA?
OSA negatively impacts your quality of life. Sleep is an integral part of your health. It helps you regenerate, rebuild your muscles, cells, and brain activity. If you don’t get enough rest, it can affect your energy level, mood, and more during the day.
However, even beyond sleep discomfort, OSA has been linked to several serious health complications. Depending on the severity of your syndrome, you may be at risk of any of the following health complications:
- High blood pressure
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart attack
Sometimes, OSA episodes can result in respiratory failure leading to sudden death while the patient is sleeping. Such cases are, however, rare.
What Are the Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
One of the challenging things about OSA is that diagnosis is difficult. Symptoms are somewhat mild and can remain silent for years. When you share your sleep apnea concerns with your doctor, be explicit about the symptoms you’re experiencing. Some of the things to look out for include:
- Headaches in the morning
- Frequent urination at night
- Unusual breathing during sleep
- Big neck
- Chronic headaches
- Gasping for breath, choking, or coughing during sleep
What Are the Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea?
Considering how serious sleep apnea is, not getting treatment is not an option. Lucky for you, there are many options that can help treat sleep apnea in Springfield, UT. Your doctor will first determine the type of sleep apnea you are suffering from, then establish a course of treatment. For central apnea, treatment involves a different kind of specialist than obstructive sleep apnea.
For OSA, the treatment options include:
- MicrO2 Sleep & Snore Device
- Surgical removal of airway obstruction
- Special orthotic device
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) appliance
Out of all the treatment options, the most effective is the special orthotic device. This gadget works like a retainer, keeping your airway open to facilitate regular breathing during sleep. Most patients that use the orthotic device have a positive response to the treatment.
While CPAP devices are the standard treatment for sleep apnea in most parts of the country, patients often feel uncomfortable sleeping or using it. In most cases, they opt out of the treatment. That’s why we are more likely to recommend orthotic devices at Maple Creek Dental. Regardless of which treatment we ultimately recommend, we will work with you and consider your unique needs to come up with an individualized solution.
Get Your Sleep Apnea Treatment in Springfield, UT
Are you looking for the best place to get sleep apnea treatment in Springfield, UT or the surrounding areas? Get in touch with us at Maple Creek Dental today for the best certified dental experts plus world-sleep apnea treatment. We can help you and your loved ones who suffer from sleep apnea to breathe easier, sleep deeply, and live healthily.
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What are the two main types of sleep apnea?
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). When you have obstructive sleep apnea, your lower jawbone muscles will be too weak to hold your jaw in place as you sleep. As a result, it can fall backward and your tongue with it. Your tongue will then block your airway, making it impossible to breathe clearly while sleeping. This is why people with OSA will typically snore or sound like they are choking in their sleep. This is one of the signs that the body is trying to move the tongue in order to breathe. Another cause of OSA is having too much fatty tissue in the back of your throat. This is one reason obesity is a risk factor for OSA.
- Central Sleep Apnea. In this condition, the brain is responsible for the sleep apnea. By not sending signals to the muscles in charge of breathing, your body fails to respond as it should. This is not something that can be treated by a dentist, but instead, you will need to see a specialist.
How is sleep apnea treated?
At Maple Creek Dental, we recommend that patients explore all non-invasive treatment options first. This is why we will often suggest that our Springville, UT patients wear a removable oral appliance. An oral appliance is a convenient treatment option because it does not make any noise and is incredibly discrete. Some patients also require the use of a CPAP machine to provide them with additional oxygen. The challenge with a CPAP is that it can be loud and uncomfortable to wear. The third treatment option for OSA is to have surgery to remove the extra fatty tissue blocking your airway.
How does an oral appliance work?
Wearing an oral appliance is incredibly easy. It is customized for your mouth specifically so it fits snugly and securely. As a result, you can simply slip it into place when you go to sleep. It remains in place inside of your mouth and does an excellent job of holding your lower jaw in the forward position. This prevents your tongue from falling backward and keeps your airway clear. Some people receive all of the benefit they need by wearing an oral appliance, while those with severe sleep apnea may also require the use of a CPAP machine at the same time. In this case, most patients report that their CPAP is far more comfortable than when they were using it as a standalone treatment option.
To learn more about sleep apnea or discuss your oral health in general, call 801-489-6811 and schedule an appointment with our Springville dental office. At Maple Creek Dental, we are happy to discuss your health challenges and make recommendations, even if we have to refer you to a specialist for treatment.
Definition of Dental Terminology
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite.
- Tooth decay is when the enamel of the tooth begins to decay and cause erosion from plaque and tartar on the teeth.
- Dental Caries
- Dental caries are also known as cavities and result from a lack of proper oral hygiene leaving plaque that forms tiny holes in the teeth.
- Dental Checkup
- A dental checkup is an appointment that involves cleaning the teeth, identifying any signs of infection and removing said signs of infection at least once every six months in the office.
- Dental Filling
- A dental filling involves restoring the structure of the tooth by using metal, alloy, porcelain or plastic to fill the tooth.
- Dental Prophylaxis
- A dental prophylaxis is a professional and detailed cleaning that involves the removal of plaque, calculus and stains from the teeth.
- Dental Sealants
- Dental sealants contain a resinous material that we apply to the chewing surfaces of the posterior teeth to prevent dental caries.
- A dentist, also known as a dental surgeon, is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity.
- Gingivitis is the inflammation of gum tissue that results from plaque, other infections in the mouth and poor oral hygiene.
- Preventive Dentistry
- Preventive dentistry is the dentistry that focuses on maintaining oral health in order to prevent the spread of plaque, the formation of tartar and infections in the mouth.
- Tartar forms when plaque builds up on the surface of the teeth and calcifies into a hard surface that is much more difficult to remove and will require professional treatment.
- Tooth Enamel
- Tooth enamel is the protective visible outer surface of a tooth that contains the dentin and dental pulp.
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