Sleep Apnea in Milwaukee, WI
Loud snoring may keep your partner awake and be a general nuisance for anyone nearby who is trying to sleep. In addition to separating couples due to sleeping in separate rooms, loud snoring may also indicate the presence of a serious medical condition called obstructive sleep apnea.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, involves the tissue and muscles at the back of the throat that relax during sleep, blocking the airway. This causes dozens of waking instances during the night. To someone listening, it sounds like breathing has stopped, followed by gasping.
Health Implications Associated with Sleep Apnea
OSA prevents the restorative sleep necessary for the organs and brain to function optimally. When left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can cause many serious health problems including:
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease
- Memory problems
- Mood disorders
- Weight gain
- Increased risk of stroke and diabetes
- Gastric reflux
- Increased ADHD symptoms
It also can cause excessive sleepiness during the daytime, making it dangerous to drive, reducing productivity at work, and causing general fatigue.
Who Is at Risk for OSA?
While sleep apnea is more common as we age, it can affect anyone, including children.
- Those carrying excess weight
- Those over 40
- Those who have a thick neck circumference
- Alcohol users
- Users of some recreational or prescription drugs
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
Reducing tobacco use, alcohol, and addressing weight issues can improve symptoms. It is still a good idea to seek advice from a sleep practitioner, even if you feel like you're sleeping better.
Typically an at-home or overnight clinical sleep study will be necessary to diagnose sleep apnea.
A sleep specialist will discuss the treatment options available based on the seriousness of your condition.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
The gold standard for treatment for sleep apnea is currently the CPAP machine; however, only a minority of CPAP owners remain compliant after one year. Many people find it difficult to sleep wearing a mask or find they remove it sometime during sleep.
Oral Appliance Options for Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Our WisconsinSmiles team can fabricate an oral appliance that will help open your airway and reduce or eliminate the severity of sleep apnea.
These oral appliances commonly know as mandibular advancement devices (MADs) or mandibular advancement devices (MRDs) improve sleep quality by gently moving the lower jaw forward to open the airway.
If you suffer from loud snoring or sleep apnea, and you have difficulty with CPAP therapy, contact our West Allis dental office, and we will schedule an evaluation with Dr. Roberto Monteagudo, who has helped many of our patients achieve a better night’s sleep and improved health.