Sleep Apnea: An Overview
Our patients who suffer from sleep apnea have usually been told by a partner or roommate that they snore very loudly in their sleep. Additionally, patients have also said that they have woken themselves out of sleep due to snoring or wake up feeling as if they never actually went to sleep in the first place.
If you snore, this means that you are not maintaining a proper airway while you sleep. Columbia Family Dentist has treatment solutions to potentially alleviate this issue for you altogether.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Columbia, MD
Our goal with our sleep apnea treatment plan is to address your symptoms and help you enjoy a restful night’s sleep. Treating the symptoms of sleep apnea is important for your overall health and well being, minimizing the risk of a sudden cardiac event or stroke with prolonged disease. Symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Drowsy during the day
- Difficulty breathing while you sleep
- Loud gasps of air while you sleep
- Abrupt awakenings accompanied by gasping or choking.
- Dry mouth or sore throat
- Headaches or sore jaw
For mild to moderate sleep apnea or for patients who are intolerant of the CPAP, Dr. Sahil can create a customized sleep guard, or oral appliance, to help you maintain a proper airway while you sleep. These night guards hold your jaw in an improved resting position to allow for better breathing.
Patients love our customized night guards because they are more comfortable, discreet and portable than the CPAP. Our night guards are made using dental impressions of your own teeth, so you know they will fit comfortably and securely throughout the night. Additionally, night guards are more discreet and portable than a CPAP machine. It is also very common for sleep apnea patients to also suffer from bruxism, or teeth grinding.
Sleep Apnea FAQs
Can Sleep Apnea be cured naturally?
Sleep apnea can be maintained and go away on its own. The most common natural method to get rid of sleep apnea is to lose weight. Sleep apnea is caused by obesity and excessive weight gain. Maintaining a healthy weight is a natural way to attempt to cure sleep apnea.
What is the root cause of sleep apnea?
The number one cause of sleep apnea is obesity and extreme excess weight. When someone has too much fatty tissue in their body airways may become easily blocked. This may cause breathing issues and sleep apnea in individuals.
What vitamins help with sleep apnea?
Vitamin C and E have been shown to help patients with sleep apnea. They are known to lessen inflammation and can open up airways allowing patients with sleep apnea to breathe better at night.
Schedule An Appointment
A good night’s rest is invaluable to your mental and physical health. We understand that a sleep disorder or sleep apnea could be taking a great toll on your wellbeing.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or suffer from the common signs or symptoms of a sleep disorder, let our team at Columbia Family Dentistry help you find a solution. Schedule an appointment online for a consultation with our doctors or call our office at 410-670-8211. As an experienced dentist in Columbia, Maryland, we will come up with a plan to restore your overall health and the quality of your sleep.