Treatment of Snoring, Sleep Apnea
Snoring can have damaging effects on your overall health. Snoring can lead to exhaustion, weight gain, loss of libido, depression, damaged relationships, poor job performance and safety issues.
Snoring can be a precursor to a more critical health concern: sleep apnea.
People with sleep apnea experience an obstruction in their airway, which cuts off their flow of oxygen. This can happen without the snorer even realizing it.
Sleep apnea sufferers may have elevated blood pressure which is a key factor in heart disease and strokes.
If this sounds scary, it should. Sleep apnea is dangerous. Fortunately, sleep apnea is very treatable.
First, a sleep study should be performed. This is usually done in a lab but home studies are possible.
The best treatment for moderate to severe sleep apnea is CPAP.
CAN’T TOLERATE YOUR CPAP? THERE IS HOPE!
People who cannot tolerate their CPAP, snore, or have been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea can be treated with an oral appliance that repositions the lower jaw to open the airway. This eliminates the obstruction to air flow.
Since snoring/sleep apnea and clenching/grinding can be closely related, the two therapies can be combined if necessary.
Dr. Unser would be happy to see you for a no-charge consultation to discuss which option may be best for you.
To schedule an appointment or consult call 303-835-7071