Sleep Apnea is a relatively common sleeping disorder. The condition most frequently affects men, overweight individuals, and people over the age of 40.
What is Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea causes people to pause when breathing during sleep. These pauses can last for as long as 20 seconds and occur hundreds of times in the course of an evening.
Without treatment sleep apnea can lead to serious health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and weight gain.
How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?
There are some common symptoms associated with this disorder. If you experience any of the following, we recommend that you talk to a sleep specialist, or contact Murray Hill about a sleep apnea testing device:
- Excessive sleepiness
- Loud snoring
- Suddenly awakening during sleep
- Dry mouth or sore throat
- Morning headaches
Your doctor can evaluate your symptoms and provide you with a diagnosis.
At-Home Sleep Apnea Testing
Murray Hill offers at-home sleep apnea testing using MediByte. MediByte is used to detect sleep and snoring patterns to identify signs of sleep apnea and monitor treatment effectiveness. The device can be set up in the comfort of your own home, and only takes about 5-10 minutes to equip before bed. It operates with a nasal cannula and can be worn comfortably while sleeping.
How is Sleep Apnea Treated?
The traditional treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP, which stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. A CPAP device releases a steady stream of pressurized air through a mask that is placed over an individual’s nose.
Many sleep apnea sufferers find the mask uncomfortable and inhibitive. It’s difficult to get used to, hard to travel with, and can cause congestion. For these reasons, many people abandon treatment.
While Murray Hill cannot diagnose sleep apnea, we can help you manage its symptoms.
How Can Murray Hill Dental Help?
We offer a comfortable, alternative treatment for sleep apnea in West Columbus. Our custom fitted oral sleep appliances are an effective, FDA-approved treatment for sleep apnea and offer the following benefits:
- Easy to travel with
- More comfortable than CPAP
If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, contact our office to set up an appointment with Dr. Brown. She can fit you for a mouth guard that will improve the quality of your sleep!
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