Do you struggle with daytime fatigue despite sleeping all night? Are you keeping your spouse awake with your loud snoring? The issue may not be a bad mattress or allergies. Instead, your tossing and turning at night may be caused by an underlying sleep disorder, obstructive sleep apnea. It makes you stop breathing frequently throughout the night from your airway collapsing. Although the symptoms may not seem like anything more than a nuisance at first, it could lead to potentially deadly complications. Dr. Zulawinski has the personalized solutions you need for sleep apnea treatment to breathe easier.
Sleep apnea is a condition that causes you to stop breathing often throughout the night. Each event can last potentially longer than one minute. Over time, this not only takes a toll on your quality of life but also your health. You develop an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke. You also have a higher risk of workplace and auto accidents as sleep deprivation sets in, causing you to lose your cognitive abilities.
Although the symptoms are all the same, there are three types of sleep apnea:
Treating sleep apnea is crucial to protecting your general health and your quality of life. After undergoing a sleep study for an accurate diagnosis, Dr. Zulawinski creates a customized treatment plan to help you breathe easier to stop your symptoms.
Now, the patient-preferred treatment for sleep apnea is oral appliance therapy. It’s an effective alternative to a CPAP for people who have mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea.
An impression of your mouth is taken to create a custom-fit oral appliance that looks like an athletic mouthguard; however, it doesn’t protect your teeth. Instead, it repositions your lower jaw forward to prevent the soft tissues in the back of your mouth and throat from collapsing. This keeps your airway open to prevent pauses in breathing to alleviate your symptoms.
Although an oral appliance is an effective treatment, it may not be enough for some patients. You may need combined therapy. Besides using the oral device, you may also need a CPAP. This is a special machine that delivers a steady stream of air through a mask worn over your mouth or nose. The gentle pressure keeps your airway open to stop interruptions in breathing while you sleep.
If you’re ready to stop losing sleep at night, it’s time to contact our office to schedule your consultation. We’ll help you breathe easier to get the rest you need.