Snoring like a buzzsaw throughout the night, on account of sleep apnea, is dangerous to your health and disruptive to your household. It could even prove to be deadly. Accordingly, it is not going to be a workable situation for long, and you’ll want to find a solution to this problem ASAP. The good news is that we have become the place to go for sleep apnea treatment in the Fort Collins, CO area. As such, today, we want to talk to you about some treatment strategies that can help bring your snoring and sleep apnea nightmare to a close. So, please keep reading, and then be sure to give us a call at 970-689-3282 to request your consultation appointment with Dr. Kollar.
Sleep Apnea Is No Laughing Matter
Sleep apnea is a complicated issue that encompasses a lot more than just snoring. This problem occurs whenever you experience distinct pauses in breathing during your sleeping hours. People with severe sleep apnea can actually experience 30 pauses in breathing in an hour. Your blood pressure rises at these moments because your body is in distress. This is why many patients with undiagnosed or untreated sleep apnea face a higher risk for problems like stroke and heart disease.
That is bad enough, but sleep apnea can even cause people to stop breathing altogether. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea, and it occurs whenever something blocks your airways during sleep. This is the type that we can treat.
Treating Sleep Apnea At The Dental Office
Let’s be honest, the gold standard treatment for sleep apnea is an intrusive machine called the CPAP. The CPAP is still a viable option but we have discovered that too many people find the treatment uncomfortable and stop using it out of frustration.
And that’s not just anecdotal information. Studies have found that approximately 50 percent of people who have been prescribed a CPAP stop using or never start using the device. That’s alarming! But not surprising! The CPAP only works whenever you’re wearing a hose, mask, and more, so it’s easy to see how such a contraption could disrupt your sleep and those in close proximity to you even more than your snoring did.
Here’s some advice about that: come see us! Since many people have trouble adjusting to a CPAP machine, we offer these CPAP alternatives:
Behavior Modification: Dr. Kollar can suggest lifestyle changes that will minimize sleep apnea symptoms, including reducing alcohol consumption, losing weight, and stopping smoking. You’re bound to feel better, regardless!
Sleep Apnea Appliance: We can create a custom-made oral appliance that will gently move your jaw forward into a position that keeps your airway open while you sleep. Unlike a CPAP, it doesn’t cover your face, or make loud noises.
It’s Time For A Wake Up Call!
Once you become a regular patient of ours, Dr. Kollar will look for signs that could indicate sleep apnea during every dental exam. However, if you’re experiencing sleep apnea symptoms now, i.e. if you’ve been snoring or you always wake up feeling exhausted even after a full night of sleep, it’s time to do something about it. Call us at 970-689-3282 to request your sleep apnea appointment in Fort Collins, CO. You’ll be so glad that you did!