Treat Sleep Apnea in Roy UT
What is sleep apnea? Each “apnea” is a pause in your breathing while you sleep, which can last for 10 seconds or longer. As you can imagine, this causes oxygen deprivation and leaves you feeling restless in the morning.
If you have sleep apnea disorder, you probably can’t remember that your breathing paused because you may not be fully awake each time your breathing pauses. Sleep apnea can cause fatigue, headaches, and other problems. It can also lead to more serious health complications.
At Roy Dental Care, we partner with a trusted sleep test provider to determine whether you have sleep apnea. Then, we can use oral appliances to change the position of your jaw, open your airway, stop snoring, and treat your sleep apnea.
Check for these Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
If you’re not sure if you have sleep apnea, a sleep test will give you a definitive answer. In the meantime, you can consider if you have experienced any of the symptoms below.
- Decreased Energy | If you suddenly have less energy to complete tasks that wouldn’t have challenged you as much in the past, it may be because of a loss of restful sleep due to sleep apnea.
- Unusual Sleepiness | Sleep apnea may cause you not to be able to complete the full sleep cycles your body needs, leaving you sleepy, even after a full night of sleep.
- Increased Loudness of Snores | Either you or a family member may have noticed that your snores have gotten louder. Others may really want you to stop snoring!
- Shorter Temper | Lack of sleep may reduce your ability to control your irritability or temper. You may also experience mood swings.
- Suffering Memory | Your memory abilities may suffer from the lack of proper sleep, which can reduce your performance at work, chores, errands, and in other situations.
- Morning Headaches or Sore Throat | If you have a headache or a dry or sore throat as soon as you wake up every morning, it may be because of an obstruction in your breathing that is causing your breathing to pause during the night.
- Waking Up with a Choking or Gasping Sensation | Waking up feeling like you are choking or unable to breathe may be an indication that your airway is being blocked while you sleep.
If you have developed several of these signs at once, you may have sleep apnea. We may recommend a sleep study to be certain.
What Sleep Apnea Treatment Is Available?
We treat sleep apnea with a dental appliance. After you’re diagnosed, we can custom-design your appliance and get you started wearing it at night as soon as possible. This is one of the CPAP alternatives available for those who want to avoid CPAP machines.
The tissues around your airway may be touching together at night, which causes them to vibrate or obstruct your breathing. Your appliance will change the position of your jaw in just the right way to open up your airway, help you stop snoring, and give you more restful sleep.
If you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea, we can help you find CPAP alternatives if that option is not working well for you. Your oral health— and your rest — are important to us!
Make an Appointment Today to Get Better Sleep
If you have several of the signs of sleep apnea—or if a family member is complaining about louder snoring—make an appointment with Roy Dental Care today. We’ll help confirm your diagnosis and then recommend a sleep apnea treatment that will best serve your needs, so call us today if you are in the Roy area, including Clinton and West Haven.