Do you have a spouse or loved one that complains about your snoring? Do you wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air? Do you find that you are always exhausted during the day and just can’t seem to catch up on sleep? If these symptoms sound familiar, you may be one of many Columbus residents suffering from sleep apnea. Dr. Richard Barry and Dr. Beth Love want you to know you are not alone, and there is a solution to help you get the restful sleep you deserve. Read on to learn about what sleep apnea is and how we can treat it. If you have any questions, our team at Lifetime Dental Health is happy to answer them. Feel free to give us a call!
Sleep Apnea and Your Health
Getting restful sleep every night is a crucial part of your daily health. Although snoring may seem harmless, it is actually an indication that your breathing is obstructed, and may be a sign of sleep apnea. However, it’s important to note that if you snore occasionally, it does not necessarily mean that you have sleep apnea. If the soft tissues of the mouth and throat become too relaxed (this happens involuntarily), they can form an obstruction and restrict airflow. The result is snoring, difficulty breathing at night, frequent urination during the night, and poor quality of sleep. Some research has even shown that sleep apnea increases the risk of heart attack.
If you suspect you might have sleep apnea, Lifetime Dental Health recommends a visit to Dr. Barry or Dr. Love. Most importantly, don’t give up on a good night’s sleep! The most common treatments available include:
CPAP Machines: Through the use of a face mask worn during sleep, continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) is applied to keep the airway unobstructed. Although some Columbus residents find this treatment to be effective, others have a difficult time sleeping with a bulky mask on.
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT): If you are looking for a solution that doesn’t require a cumbersome machine, Dr. Barry or Dr. Love can fit you with a special device that shifts the jaw slightly forward, opening the airway, allowing for peaceful sleep.