Without proper rest, our ability to function during the day is compromised. We become tired, moody, and have difficulty concentrating on our work. Often, poor sleep is the result of a serious disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Fortunately, our office can treat sleep apnea and help restore your quality of life.
Frequently Asked Questions About Treating Sleep Apnea
Question: What symptoms should I be aware of?
Answer: Most noticeable symptoms manifest themselves during the day and may include daytime drowsiness, moodiness, trouble concentrating and staying awake. At night, you may experience persistent snoring as well as episodes of waking up suddenly chocking or gasping for air. If you recognize one or more of these warning signs, then you should contact your dentist.
Question: How do you diagnose the disorder?
Answer: First, we will send you home with a device to perform a sleep study. As you sleep from the comfort of your own home, the device monitors your apneic episodes. The doctor can then read the results to see if you need treatment for OSA.
Question: What treatment option do you offer?
Answer: Often, we can address the issue an oral appliance. Worn at night, the device moves the jaw forward just enough to prevent the collapse of soft tissues, which leads to breathing cessation, causing the waking and sleeping episodes related to OSA. The device will look like a nightguard and will fit comfortably.
Question: How does untreated OSA impact a person?
Answer: Without treatment, your ability to sleep can worsen, leading to greater exhaustion. In addition, patients may develop a greater risk of high blood pressure, depression, stroke, and heart attack. If you have any questions about treating sleep apnea then contact our office today.
Would You Like to Learn More About Treating Sleep Apnea?
At Lawson Family Dentistry, we can use comfortable and minimally invasive treatment options to help you sleep better. Dr. Lawson and her team proudly welcome patients of all ages from Urbandale, IA, as well as Johnston, Grimes, Waukee, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, please call our Urbandale office today at (515) 278-4366.