Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatment in Bangor, ME
Do you wake up every morning feeling exhausted and fatigued, like you’ve barely slept? Does your partner complain about your snoring? Do you ever feel drowsy during the day and fall asleep at inappropriate times? You could have a serious condition known as sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that causes the sufferer to experience sudden, periodic interruptions in breathing while asleep. There are two types of sleep apnea: central and obstructed.
Obstructed sleep apnea is the more common type, in which the body tries to breathe but the airway is blocked. This is the type of sleep apnea that we can treat at Maine Family Dental Practice using customized, comfortable dental appliances.
How Is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?
Unfortunately, sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed. In fact, you may experience some of the common symptoms of sleep apnea every night and disregard them as being normal or unimportant. Snoring, daytime sleepiness, and a sore throat upon waking are a few seemingly harmless symptoms that sleep apnea sufferers might experience.
Some symptoms, like gasping, only occur during sleep. This makes sleep apnea even more difficult to notice, unless you have an attentive sleep partner. If you suspect that you may have sleep apnea, our Bangor, ME dentist Dr. Travis Buxton recommends that you schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible.
Seeking treatment is important because this disorder can pose serious health risks including increased risk of high blood pressure, heart problems, and liver problems.
In many circumstances, sleep apnea patients may be asked to visit a special sleep doctor for a diagnosis and then make an appointment with an entirely different medical expert for treatment. At our office, we can both diagnose and treat this serious illness. We’ve found that this makes addressing the condition of sleep apnea simpler and more convenient for our patients.
Inquire with Dr. Buxton about our take-home sleep apnea test at your personalized consultation.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea in Bangor, ME
One of the leading treatments for sleep apnea in Bangor, ME is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). CPAP requires the user to wear a mask while sleeping, which is hooked up to a machine by the bedside. The system pushes air through the air passages during the night to prevent pauses in breathing. Though effective, many people find this form of treatment uncomfortable, frustrating, and inconvenient.
Your Maine Family Dental Practice sleep apnea dentist can help by providing you with a dental appliance. Let him design a custom mouthpiece that will gently and comfortably work to keep your airway open while allowing you a good night’s rest. In some cases, he may also recommend changes in your behavior, such as refraining from smoking, or sleeping on your side. Some people may be more at risk of developing sleep apnea than others. Sleep apnea tends to affect men more than women, and people with a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) may also be more susceptible; however, anyone can be affected – even children.