SNORING & SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT
Snoring is often considered no more than an annoyance. While it is annoying, it can also be a sign of something more deadly. Sleep Apnea is a serious medical issue, even more so when left untreated. It can lead to an increased risk of many serious illnesses. And in the worst cases, it can prove to be fatal.
You want a dentist that you can trust when it comes to serious health issues like Sleep Apnea. Not all dentists are qualified to provide proper treatment. At Fischer Family Dentistry, we’re expertly trained in TMJ disorders. We’re deeply familiar with all available equipment used for treatment. And we have close relationships with specialized physicians, and local sleep labs.
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
The first step we’ll take is to assess your symptoms. They can include:
- Loud snoring
- Cessation of breathing during sleep
- Waking up abruptly and short of breath
- Waking up with a sore throat, dry mouth, or headache
- Waking up throughout the night
- Tiredness during the day
- Attention issues
Sleep apnea is traceable to a variety of causes. We’ll work with your physician and specialist(s) to reach a diagnosis, and plan the right treatment. We’ll likely perform a sleep study to assess the issue. Once we’ve agreed on your needs, we can choose the right treatment.
The most common treatment for sleep apnea is the CPAP machine. CPAP is short fo continuous positive airway pressure. This machine includes a mask that you wear while sleeping. It pumps air through your nose and/or mouth in a continuous stream. This keeps your airways from collapsing. As a result, there’s no risk that you’ll stop breathing in your sleep.
For those who find the CPAP machines too uncomfortable, we offer alternate treatments. There are strictly oral devices that serve the same purpose as the CPAP machine. We’ll make sure we choose the right device for your needs. You can trust our expertise based on the many patients we’ve successfully treated. Don’t wait to take control of this potentially dangerous condition.