Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea management & treatment at our Columbus dental office

Do you frequently wake up in the middle of the night choking or gasping for air? Do you snore loudly? Do you feel tired even after a good night’s rest? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then please visit our Columbus dental office right away. These symptoms may indicate a serious disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

OSA is a sleep disorder that may have serious health implications. A person who has sleep apnea stops breathing numerous times while asleep. Every time breathing stops, the brain and the body stop taking in enough oxygen. Oxygen levels in the bloodstream fall to dangerously low levels while carbon dioxide levels rise.

In some severe cases, breathing stops for more than 2 minutes or as often as 100 times in just one sleep period. The condition disrupts sleep and causes harmful changes in the organs, blood vessels, and the brain. People with OSA experience restless sleep, fatigue, sleepiness during the day, lack of concentration, anxiety, headache, and sore or dry throat when they wake up in the morning.

Untreated Sleep Apnea & Other Health Problems

Untreated sleep apnea has been linked to other health problems:

  • Depression
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Diabetes
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure

At Lifetime Dental Health, Dr. Barry and Dr. Love help patients with the diagnosis, management, and treatment of sleep apnea.

Oral Appliances for OSA Treatment

Oral advancement appliances and other mouth devices have been proven effective in treating sleep apnea. Many patients find them more comfortable and easier to tolerate than CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines. Studies have shown that oral advancement appliances reduce the number of OSA episodes by 60%. Oral advancement appliances also help patients get sufficient oxygen during sleep by keeping the air passage open throughout the night.

Lower Your Health Risks by Managing Sleep Apnea

Treatment and management of sleep apnea helps decrease your risk for other serious health problems. If you have symptoms of OSA, schedule a consultation with your Columbus, Ohio dental office by filling out the Schedule Appointment Form. You may be asked to undergo sleep studies or sleep apnea tests to determine the best treatment option. To learn more about sleep apnea or to schedule a check-up, you may also call 614-451-2234.