Get Your Beauty Sleep Back with Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep_ApneaDo 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.

The Solution

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.

If you would like to find out more about oral appliance therapy or come in for a free consultation, give us a call at Lifetime Dental Health at (614)-451-2234. We can help you get your “zzzzz’s” back!

Sources

http://www.yourlunghealth.org/lung_disease/sleep_apnea/facts/

http://www.bodylogicmd.com/for-men/sleep-apnea

Dr. Barry is part of a Columbus tradition of dental comfort and care. His outstanding education and training forms the foundation which enables him to treat all of your dental needs with confidence and trust providing the best care possible. Dr. Barry received his BS from Ohio State University in 1976, he also received his DDS from Ohio State in 1980. He is continually educating himself and his staff on the newest dental techniques and approaches in order to provide you with cutting-edge, comfortable, personalized, and antiseptic dental care. Dr. Barry is educated in the following areas – Reconstructive Dentistry, TMJ, Cosmetic Dentistry, Lumineers, Invisalign, Endodontics, Botox, Juviderm, Pediatric Dentistry, Geriatric Dentistry.