Sleep Apnea Therapy for Raleigh, NC
Are you suffering from the disruptive, exhausting condition known as sleep apnea? If you experience fatigue, chronic snoring, and frequent waking throughout the night, chances are good you are among the 18 million Americans with obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Lisk provides sleep apnea treatment using a removable oral device. Keep reading to learn about the condition, including sleep apnea symptoms, diagnosis, and sleep apnea therapy.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It occurs when the tongue and lower jaw collapse and block the proper flow of air during sleep. Sufferers of OSA may wake up hundreds of times during the night. Obstructive sleep apnea can affect anyone, but there are some factors that increase the risk of sleep apnea, including:
- Large neck circumference
- Excess weight
- High blood pressure
- Heavy alcohol and tobacco use
- Chronic nasal congestion
Sleep Apnea Warning Signs
Because the symptoms of OSA are similar to other conditions affecting sleep, people suffering from sleep apnea may go years without receiving a proper diagnosis. Learn about the symptoms to recognize a problem in you or a loved one.
The warning signs of obstructive sleep apnea include:
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Frequent waking throughout the night (often noticed by a partner)
- Daytime fatigue
- Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
Do not wait to seek a professional’s opinion if you suspect you or a loved one are suffering from sleep apnea. The condition has been linked to a number of serious health problems, including heart attack, stroke, and even premature death.
How Is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?
Your doctor may refer you to a sleep clinic to diagnose your sleep breathing disorder. You will spend the night at the clinic connected to monitors to help identify the problem with your sleep. Patients who do not want to visit a sleep clinic may be able to perform an at-home sleep test. The results from your test will be evaluated by your doctor, and treatment for sleep apnea is performed by a sleep apnea dentist.
Sleep Apnea Therapy Treating the Issue
Once you have received a diagnosis for your sleep apnea, you can regain your eight hours of sleep with sleep apnea therapy. One common method for preventing the blockage of the airway during sleep is with the CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure machine. This device uses a face mask hooked up to a machine that forces air into the throat to keep it open throughout the night. Unfortunately, many patients are CPAP intolerant -- meaning they do not find relief with this loud, bulky machine.
For mild to moderate cases of OSA or for people who are CPAP intolerant, Dr. Lisk provides sleep apnea treatment with a removable oral device. This small, comfortable device we also call a “snore guard” repositions your jaw and tongue to prevent their collapse. With a removable oral device, many patients find relief from interrupted sleep at long last.
Consult Your Dentist Today
Don’t wait to seek treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Lisk can help you regain the sleep you deserve with a removable oral device. We warmly welcome patients from Raleigh and all surrounding areas. Request your appointment today!