Sleep Apnea Treatment
Do you have a snoring problem? Or maybe you’ve woken up breathless in the middle of the night, or find that your head or throat is sore when you get out of bed in the morning. You may have a condition called sleep apnea.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
While there are different types of sleep apnea, all involve the repeated disruption of breathing during sleep. The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and, as the name suggests, it occurs when tissues block the airway during sleep.
Other kinds of sleep apnea include central sleep apnea and mixed sleep apnea. When the airway remains open, but the brain does not tell the muscles to breathe, the condition is central sleep apnea. The third type, mixed apnea, is both an obstruction and a brain signal failure.
In all types of apnea, the affected person wakes up slightly each time they stop breathing. This disturbed sleep pattern can cause daytime sleepiness, emotional disorders, and future heart problems.
Signs and Symptoms
Sleep apnea comes with many varied symptoms that you may be able to notice in yourself or your partner.
- Poor or rapid breathing during sleep, or periods of not breathing.
- Night Sweats
- Frequent night time urination.
- Restless sleep.
- Daytime sleepiness.
- Mouth Breathing.
- Tooth grinding.
- Jaw clenching.
- Frequent heartburn.
- High blood pressure.
- Mood changes including irritability, anxiety, and depression.
- Trouble concentrating or forgetfulness.
- Weight gain.
- Decreased sex drive.
If you notice these symptoms in yourself or your partner—especially a combination of these symptoms recurring frequently—call our office for a sleep test today!
Benefits of Sleep Apnea Treatment
To prevent more serious problems, it is important to get your sleep apnea treated. Not only will sleep apnea treatment help you avoid cardiovascular disease, memory problems, headaches, and snoring, but you will also sleep better.
Good sleep is crucial for your overall health and mood, which can go a long way towards improving your day to day life.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can have severe complications in your health. These include, but are not limited to:
- Heart attack.
- Weight gain and obesity.
- And even death!
TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Montana offers a solution to your restless sleep. We focus on curing craniofacial pain and sleep apnea. Because of this, our staff has the time and skills to give you the sleep apnea treatment you need.
Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
If you don’t know if you have sleep apnea, you’ve come to the right place. Take the quiz below. If your answers reflect a possibility of sleep apnea we invite you to make an appointment with us for a sleep test.
Fill out the form below to send us your results. Once you’ve done that, feel free to reach out with questions or to make an appointment. TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Montana specializes in improving your sleep, so don’t wait another restless night. Give us a call today!
Do you notice your child snoring, breathing loudly, or having trouble taking naps? They may be at risk for sleep apnea. Click this link to answer a few questions about your child and find out their likelihood of developing sleep apnea.
What Options Are There for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Sleep apnea treatment options include lifestyle changes and breathing assistant devices. Sometimes all it takes to breathe better at night is a simple lifestyle adjustment. Give these a try:
- Weight Loss. One of the risk factors of sleep apnea is obesity. Losing weight could make all the difference.
- Positional Therapy. Back-sleepers can avoid sleep apnea episodes by learning to be side-sleepers.
If that doesn’t work, you can turn to breathing assistant devices:
- CPAP. These devices involve a mask worn over the face during sleep. They keep a stream of pressurized air flowing down your throat.
- Oral Appliances. At TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Montana, we’re proud to offer oral appliances as CPAP alternatives. These devices easily fit in your mouth and prevent your airway from closing.
The Sleep Apnea Mouthguard
Here at TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Montana, we offer a sleep apnea mouthguard as our main sleep apnea treatment option.
These small appliances fit easily into the patient’s mouth and hold the jaw and tongue in place. This keeps the airway open for an unobstructed night’s sleep.
The appliances are easy to wear. Just pop the sleep apnea mouthguard over your teeth and curl up on your pillow. Sleep apnea mouthguards are a portable option that can slip right into the pocket of your jeans.
This low-maintenance sleep apnea treatment option could be your ticket to better sleep. Find out today!
Hate Your CPAP?
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you probably have a CPAP machine, and there’s probably something you wish were different about it. The mask is uncomfortable, the noise is too loud, it’s big, clunky, and takes up space.
There are CPAP alternatives available. Our sleep apnea mouthguards are unobtrusive, comfortable, and easy to wear and care for.
Tired of looking like an apocalypse survivor with your gas mask? Call our office today and TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Montana can help you find the CPAP alternatives you need to sleep better.
Is Sleep Apnea Dangerous?
Yes. If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and serious heart problems.
If you are already diagnosed with cardiovascular disease or other circulation problems, sleep apnea can limit the amount of oxygen in your blood, creating an irregular heartbeat, which can be deadly.
What Are the Side Effects of Untreated Sleep Apnea?
Left unchecked, sleep apnea can produce fatigue, headache, depression, weight gain, memory problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, liver trouble, and heart complications.
It’s very important to get sleep apnea diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. If you think you have symptoms of sleep apnea, don’t wait. Set up your consultation with us now!
Is CPAP the Only Treatment Option for Sleep Apnea?
No! Here at TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre in Montana we have a solution for people looking for CPAP alternatives: the sleep apnea mouthguard. This device keeps your airway open and is much more comfortable to wear than a bulky CPAP machine.
Get Your Sleep Apnea Treatment From a Certified Doctor You Can Trust
We have an excellent, caring team led by Dr. Schuyler VanDyke who is extremely well-qualified and certified with many professional organizations in sleep medicine.
Get Treated With a Sleep Apnea Mouthguard Right Here in Montana
Come visit us at TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Montana to find a sleep apnea treatment today. We are the only office in Montana that specializes in treating sleep apnea and other sleeping disorders.