Rest Easier at Night with Denver Sleep Apnea Therapy
Sleep apnea is defined as a disorder that causes a person’s breathing to become very shallow or stop altogether for seconds at a time. These instances can happen countless times per night, and the patient is roused during each instance so briefly that they don’t even realize what’s happening. There are multiple types of sleep apnea, but the most common by far is OSA (obstructive sleep apnea), which is a caused by a blockage of the airway.
At Altitude Oral Maxillofacial Implant Center, we sincerely hope that patients will be able to find a minimally invasive solution to OSA. However, when necessary, we can provide surgical treatment to correct the airway blockage and help you finally get a full night of quality, uninterrupted sleep. Our doctor looks forward to meeting you – contact any of our Denver, CO locations to get started!
How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?
Common symptoms include the following:
- Severe exhaustion/fatigue in the mornings, even when the patient supposedly slept for a full night.
- Regularly waking up with a headache or a sore throat.
- Problems with memory and/or concentration.
- Frequent trips to the bathroom at night.
- Gasping or choking during sleep.
How Can My Obstructive Sleep Apnea Be Treated?
If you’ve been diagnosed with OSA by a medical professional, patients are typically instructed to undergo a trial with either a custom oral appliance and/or a CPAP machine. Both of these devices are designed to keep the airway unobstructed throughout the night so that patients can breathe easier and remain in deep sleep. If you are still unable to achieve relief from your sleep apnea with diligent use of a CPAP, then surgical intervention is likely necessary.
Dr. Fangman and our staff will work closely with you to arrange a surgical procedure that will address your unique needs. We can target specific areas of the upper airway and adjust the jaw as needed to create an unobstructed airflow and provide relief at last.
Sleep Apnea FAQs
If you suspect that you have OSA, it’s important to learn everything you can about the condition so that you can react appropriately. We’re happy to answer any questions our patients have in order to ensure that they’re making well-informed decisions regarding their health. Here are the answers to some particularly common inquiries; for further concerns, feel free to contact us and schedule a consultation today!
What Causes OSA?
For most adults, OSA is a result of obesity. Excess weight can increase the amount of soft tissue in your mouth and around your throat. When the throat and tongue muscles relax during sleep, these tissues can collapse and block the airway.
Other risk factors include a naturally narrowed airway, enlarged tonsils, nasal congestion, smoking, diabetes, asthma and a family history of OSA. These conditions won’t always result in sleep apnea, but they are factors that you should pay attention to. We’ll examine the state of your mouth and throat and help you narrow down the root cause of your sleep apnea.
What if My OSA Isn’t Treated?
If you continue living with OSA without addressing it, the lack of sleep can cause you to suffer from severe drowsiness and fatigue during the day. You might find yourself becoming irritable or find it hard to concentrate. You could also be at a higher risk of causing an accident while working or driving.
Meanwhile, the sudden drops in blood oxygen will cause your blood pressure to increase over time. If that happens, you’ll be much more likely to suffer from heart failure, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases; these conditions can potentially result in death.
Can I Treat My OSA at Home?
While professional sleep apnea treatment in Denver is usually your best bet, there are some steps you can take at home to lessen your symptoms. Losing weight can go a long way towards eliminating OSA by keeping the airways clear. You might also benefit from changing your sleeping position; in many cases, sleeping on your side will allow you to breathe normally.
Other lifestyle changes might include giving up bad habits like smoking and excessive alcohol use. Tobacco can cause your airways to become inflamed and swollen. Alcohol can cause your throat muscles to relax. Removing either from the equation can help treat your OSA and reduce snoring.
What Kind of Surgery Can Treat OSA?
There are many different procedures that can be used in conjunction with oral appliance therapy to get at the root of your OSA. For example, an oral surgeon in Denver might reposition some of the excess tissue in the throat to make the airway wider. Other surgeries might open up the nasal passage to improve the flow of air, or the tongue attachment might be moved forward so that there’s more space for breathing behind it. These are just a few approaches that can be taken; we’ll examine your mouth thoroughly so that we can decide on a surgical approach that addresses your unique needs.