Sleep Apnea Treatment
Occasional snoring happens to many people, but chronic snoring may indicate sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) causes interruptions in normal breathing during sleep, leading to loud snores, snorts, or gasps. Over time, OSA can lead to more serious health issues. In Bountiful, UT, Dr. Paul C. Larsen can diagnose the condition and provide sleep apnea treatment in the form of a simple custom mouthpiece that keeps the airways open, allowing you to experience uninterrupted sleep.
Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea happens when muscles in the throat relax during sleep, blocking the airways. It can also occur when the tissues in the back of the mouth fall into the throat. In some cases of sleep apnea, sufferers may experience hundreds of brief awakenings throughout the night, yet they wake up with no memory of these interruptions. Symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Feeling fatigued in spite of what the sufferer thinks was a proper night's sleep
- Experiencing headaches and a scratchy, sore throat in the morning
- Waking in the morning with a dry throat and tongue
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to receive a sleep apnea diagnosis through a check-up and thorough evaluation. Otherwise, the condition may start to present more serious issues such as a greater risk of stroke or heart disease. Patients are given at-home sleep tests that are later analyzed by Dr. Larsen and a sleep specialist. The at-home test is very simple and provides information within a few nights.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
There are several ways to treat sleep apnea. Dr. Larsen may suggest an oral appliance that keeps the lower jaw slightly forward during sleep, preventing the airway from closing. Our office can prescribe one of several types of these appliances, including EMA®, TAP®, ZYPPAH®, and Silent Nite®. Each appliance has excellent ratings and is well-tolerated by the majority of sleep apnea patients. Each appliance is created from detailed impressions of your bite to ensure maximum comfort.
OSA causes interruptions in normal breathing during sleep, leading to loud snores, snorts, or gasps. Over time, OSA can lead to more serious health issues.
After the appliance comes back from the laboratory, you will wear it all night. With proper care, an oral appliance can last for many years before requiring repair or replacement. Meanwhile, oral appliances are easy to take anywhere, including vacations and overnight business trips. In addition to using an oral appliance, some patients work with partner sleep specialists to determine if a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine can help. This device delivers a steady stream of air through a facemask, helping to maintain uninterrupted breathing during the night. Oral appliances can be worn with or without a CPAP machine.
Book an Appointment Today
Tired of snoring at night and feeling exhausted during the daytime? Stop wishing for a restful sleep. Take the first step and call Dr. Larsen's office at (801) 295-8881 to schedule an evaluation. You can also request an appointment using our electronic contact form. He and a trusted sleep specialist can help find the right solution for your needs.
“Larsen Family Dental is the best! I wouldn’t go anywhere else. They are all very friendly and great to work with.” -Alison