Sleep Apnea Therapy – Reno, NV
Quality & Comfortable Sleep Apnea Treatment
At Brooks Dental, we are committed to providing our patients with quality care that improves their everyday lives, which is why we offer sleep apnea therapy. If you’ve been snoring loudly, tired during the day, and restless at night, there’s a good chance that you’re affected by sleep apnea. This disorder can not only impact your daily productivity, but it also increases your risk of additional health issues. Keep reading to learn more about sleep apnea therapy in Winthrop and what our team can do to give you a great night’s sleep.
What is Sleep Apnea?
There are multiple types of this disorder, but the most common form is obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs when the muscles in your throat or the back of your mouth relax and collapse, causing a blockage in your airway. This leads to loud snoring, but more importantly, it can cause those affected to start and stop breathing repeatedly during sleep. Unfortunately, many who are affected don’t know they have it, simply waking up each morning feeling unrested.
What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Many times, those affected by sleep apnea can’t recognize the symptoms because they occur at night. In fact, it is estimated that around 80% of sleep apnea cases are untreated. However, you should call our office if you or your partner notice any of these common warning signs:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Waking up with a dry or sore throat
- Morning time headaches
- Waking up gasping for air or feeling out of breath
- Mood changes or irritability
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
Risk Factors of Sleep Apnea
While anyone can be affected by sleep apnea at any age, here are some factors that can increase your risk of this disorder:
- Excess weight
- Wide neck circumference
- Being male
- Narrowed airway
- Family history
- Being older
- Use of alcohol or other drugs
- Nasal congestion
Treating Sleep Apnea
Traditionally, sleep apnea has been treated using a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, which works by pushing air through the patient’s airway using a nasal mask. These devices are not only a hassle to move around, but they make noise and are uncomfortable to wear for some. That’s why we offer treatment with custom-made oral appliances. These personalized devices work by shifting your jaw into a position that keeps your airway open and unblocked during sleep. This option is not only smaller and easier to use, but it’s also convenient to travel with as well as effective.
Are you ready for a better night’s sleep? Contact our office today so you and your sleeping partner can feel rested and ready for the day.