Obtain the Quality Rest You Need
Do you have trouble sleeping? Often, frequent daytime drowsiness and chronic snoring can be a warning sign of a serious sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. At Elm Creek Dental, we have the knowledge and treatment options necessary to address OSA and help you obtain a deep, quality rest you need to function properly at work or school.
The Causes and Symptoms of OSA
What causes sleep apnea? When our throat tissues become overly relaxed, they can collapse and block airflow during sleep. As a result, the patient stops breathing for brief periods until the brain wakes them up to resume breathing. While this can happen hundreds of times every night, the patient often has no memory of these waking periods. Risk factors for OSA include:
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Enlarged tongue or throat tissue
- Family history
- Age (60+)
Common symptoms include snoring, irritability, feeling exhausted during the day despite having slept for several hours, fatigue, and waking up gasping for air or choking.
When a patient doesn’t seek treatment for sleep apnea, they may develop high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Poor liver function, depression, and sleep difficulties for your significant other are also common risks associated with obstructive sleep apnea.
To see if you require treatment, Dr. Carter will first conduct a thorough sleep apnea screening. From there, we will be able to discover the cause and severity of your sleep issues. To treat the problem, we may suggest an oral appliance. A comfortable and minimally invasive alternative to surgery, this treatment involves wearing a device similar to a nightguard while sleeping. The oral appliance moves the jaw forward slightly to open air passages, reducing symptoms and helping you rest.
Overcome Sleep Apnea with a Custom Appliance
if you snore or suffer from sleep apnea, then find out if Dr. Carter can treat your condition with a custom appliance. To schedule a consultation, call Elm Creek Dental in Maple Grove, MN, at (763) 416-0606. We proudly serve the residents of Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, Rogers, Elk River, Osseo, Otsego, Plymouth, Wayzata, and all surrounding communities.