Sleep Apnea Treatment in Ownings Mills


Are you one of the 18 million Americans dealing with the exhausting effects of sleep apnea? If you are constantly fatigued, irritable, and if you have difficulty completing everyday tasks, the answer may be yes. You deserve to enjoy the benefits of a full night’s sleep, every single night. Dr. Mattson provides treatment for sleep apnea in 21117 with removable oral appliances.

What Is Sleep Apnea?


Sleep apnea causes sufferers to stop breathing throughout the night. This breathing cessation may occur hundreds of times during sleep — and the constant interruptions are usually forgotten by the time morning comes around. Because it is difficult to recognize disordered breathing during sleep, the condition may remain undiagnosed for years.


There are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA). OSA is far more common, and is caused by the partial or complete blockage of air during sleep. The lower jaw and tongue become so relaxed they collapse and block the airway. As a result, OSA is accompanied by loud, chronic snoring. CSA is caused by a breakdown in communication between the brain and the muscles that control breath during sleep.

How to Recognize Sleep Apnea


Are you or someone you love suffering from OSA or CSA? Learn how to recognize the condition to get the relief you need sooner, rather than later.


Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include…

  • Loud, chronic snoring
  • Waking with a sore throat or dry mouth in the morning
  • Frequent jerking awake throughout the night (often observed by a partner)
  • Irritability, confusion, and daytime fatigue

Symptoms associated with central sleep apnea include…

  • Jerking awake with a start during sleep (often observed by a partner)
  • Irritability, confusion, and daytime fatigue
  • Depression, anxiety, and other symptoms associated with poor sleep

Seeking treatment for sleep apnea is crucial for overall wellbeing. Frequent interruptions in sleep add up to a lot of lost oxygen for the brain over time. Left untreated, sleep apnea has been linked to heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, and premature death.

Diagnosis for Sleep Apnea


If you suspect you are dealing with sleep apnea, you should visit your general dentist first for a diagnosis. He or she will refer you to a sleep clinic for a sleep test. Sometimes, at-home sleep tests can be performed. If you receive a sleep apnea diagnosis, that’s actually great news — it means treatment and relief are in sight.
Treatment with Sleep Appliance in Owings Mills


Your Diamond Dental dentist provides sleep appliance therapy for patients dealing with OSA. It is a portable, comfortable, and silent method for treating sleep apnea. We offer three options in oral appliances: Silent Night by Glidewell, the EMA sleep appliance, and the TAP III. You and Dr. Mattson will discuss which one is right for you.
Don’t put off treatment for your sleep apnea. Please get in touch with Diamond Dental to schedule an appointment today! We can help you overcome the side effects of sleep apnea and enjoy a full night’s sleep once again.
 

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