Evansville sleep apnea treatment

Sleep Apnea Treatment

at City Dentistry

Sleep apnea is more than just a snore. This disorder can interfere with your ability to get restful sleep, and even contribute to long-term health issues like heart disease, and increase your risk of stroke. If you think that you or your sleeping partner may have sleep apnea in Evansville, Dr. Kandel and Dr. Standring can help at City Dentistry.

understanding sleep apnea

Heavy, loud snoring is often one of the most obvious symptoms of sleep apnea. However, snoring should not be confused with sleep apnea. Though both involve the interruption of airflow during sleep, snoring and sleep apnea are completely different. The most common type of sleep apnea is Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA.

This type of apnea is caused by the tissue of the palate and throat “sagging” and blocking the airway completely. This can result in breathing interruptions that last as long as 10 or more seconds. These interruptions may happen dozens or even hundreds of times per night, resulting in a number of unpleasant symptoms and side effects.

signs and symptoms of sleep apnea

Though snoring is often the most pronounced sign of sleep apnea, there are a number of other obvious signs and symptoms, such as:

  • Frequent headaches upon waking up in the morning
  • A dry or sore throat when waking up
  • Feeling drowsy and sleepy in the daytime
  • Restless sleep and excessive tossing and turning during the night
  • Not feeling well-rested, even after sleeping for 7-8 hours or longer
  • Waking up in the middle of the night and gasping for air

Though snoring is often the most pronounced sign of sleep apnea, there are a number of other obvious signs and symptoms, such as:

treatment options for sleep apnea

CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) machines are often used to treat sleep apnea. These machines consist of an air pump and a sleep mask. The mask delivers a steady flow of pressurized air through your mouth and nose, which prevents tissue sagging.

Oral appliances are another treatment option. Similar in shape and size to a retainer or mouth guard, they help keep the jaw in a more healthy position at night, ensuring the airway is not blocked. In rare cases, surgery may be required to remove excess tissue, but this is only required in extremely severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea.

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Dr. Kandel and Dr. Standring both have years of experience diagnosing and treating sleep apnea. We can provide you with the help you need, and ensure that you get peaceful, restful, high-quality sleep.
Contact us now at (812) 425-7025 to get started, or drop by our office at 119 SE 2nd Street, Evansville, IN 47708 for an in-person consultation.

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