Sleep Apnea Treatment
Understanding Sleep Apnea
Has your sleep partner ever complained about your loud raucous snoring? Do you often wake up feeling fatigued and irritable even though you believed to have had a full night’s rest?
These are common signs that may indicate you’re suffering from a common sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. Untreated sleep apnea can result in dangerous health conditions so it’s vital to get treatment as soon as possible.
Dr. Siddappa of Thousand Oaks, CA can help guide you to the right doctor to receive a proper diagnosis, as well as offer treatment solutions that best suit your needs.
The Different Types of Sleep Apnea
Overall, there are three different types of sleep apnea -- obstructive, complex, and central. The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea, where the sufferer’s sleep is interrupted by an obstruction in their throat that is stopping their breathing.
Also known as OSA, this type of sleep apnea can occur several times throughout the night, preventing someone to achieve a quality night’s sleep. The sufferer will briefly wake up periodically through the night in order to breathe properly again and quickly fall back asleep.
The next morning, they won’t remember the brief arousals and believe they had a great sleep.
Symptoms to Look Out For
Most sufferers of this sleep disorder don’t always notice their symptoms unless their sleep partner mentions their nighttime habits and interruptions. However, there are certain factors commonly associated with OSA such as age, gender, tobacco and alcohol usage, weight, and family history.
Along with loud, constant snoring, other symptoms of sleep apnea to look out for include:
- Stopping breathing when you sleep
- Gasping in your sleep
- Excessive daytime drowsiness
- Fatigue and soreness, despite a healthy lifestyle
- Trouble concentrating or learning new things
- Mental fatigue and depression
The best way to receive a proper diagnosis of sleep apnea is through a sleep study from your physician or a sleep doctor. These are typically performed overnight at a sleep lab or sleep clinic, or you may be eligible for an at-home sleep study. Dr. Siddappa can get you in contact with a professional today.
A Smaller, More Convenient Alternative to CPAP
Once you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, most doctors will recommend a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask as treatment. Although it’s effective and used by many sufferers, a CPAP is often described to be loud, claustrophobic, inconvenient, and bulky.
That’s why Dr. Siddappa offers a more comfortable alternative to CPAP masks -- oral appliances. An oral appliance is similar to a sports mouthguard and is worn each night to gently shift your lower jaw forward and clear the obstruction in your throat that’s blocking your airway.
An oral appliance can help alleviate the symptoms of mild-to-moderate sleep apnea, helping you achieve a better night’s sleep. It’s small, portable, and silent, so no matter what, this treatment will help you live a more energized life.
Don’t Leave Sleep Apnea Untreated, Get Help Today
If you neglect treatment for sleep apnea, it can lead to further health complications such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, depression, and more. It’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Dr. Sidappa and our team as Prism Dental Group will help you take the first or next steps in managing your sleep breathing problems for better overall health. Don’t wait and give our Thousand Oaks office a call today -(805) 241-5353.
Frequently Asked Questions
If I snore, does that mean I have sleep apnea?
If you snore, it’s very possible you have sleep apnea, but that doesn’t always determine the condition. Sleep apnea sufferers snore when there’s a blockage in their airway that’s interrupting their breathing pattern.
If your snoring is accompanied by gasping for air, sudden awakenings, and excessive daytime drowsiness, then we recommend a sleep study. Contact Dr. Siddappa if you need help today.
How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
If you believe you’re suffering from sleep apnea, or if Dr. Siddappa suspects symptoms, we’ll recommend that you receive a sleep study. These can be performed at a sleep lab or your doctor can provide you with an at-home sleep study.
Once diagnosed with sleep apnea, your sleep doctor may prescribe you with a CPAP machine or you can receive alternative treatment from our Thousand Oaks office.
What are the common symptoms of sleep apnea?
The most common symptoms of sleep apnea that sufferers notice are:
- Sore throat or dry mouth when you wake up
- Excessive daytime drowsiness
- Gasping for air or choking in the middle of the night
- Mood changes
- Memory loss
- Insomnia or recurring awakenings
- Morning headaches
How is sleep apnea treated?
Sleep apnea is most commonly treated with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. However, many patients stop using their CPAP because it’s invasive, loud, and can’t be easily taken anywhere.
At Prism Dental Group, we offer a CPAP alternative that’s easier to use, silent, and small, and portable — an oral appliance. These mouthpieces are customized for each patient and will help you attain a better night’s sleep without interruptions.
Lifestyle changes such as weight loss and avoidance of alcohol may also be recommended by Dr. Siddappa to help alleviate your sleep apnea symptoms. For more severe cases, surgery may be the best option.