It’s common to snore occasionally. But if you are snoring constantly and having problems getting enough sleep, you may be suffering from what we call sleep apnea.
Patients with sleep apnea experience an obstructed airflow that prevents oxygen from moving freely from the nose and mouth to the lungs. CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is a common first-line therapy, but nearly half of all people for whom CPAP is prescribed are unable to comply.
If you have struggled with using a CPAP mask, you will be pleased to know that VSP Dental can help you find relief with a simple customized dental appliance.
Sleep apnea is a disruptive and potentially life-threatening condition that deprives your body of a steady flow of oxygen. With OSA, the airway is blocked or has collapsed, which causes shallow breathing and pauses in breathing. Sleep apnea also causes snoring as the air squeezes past the blockage.
Patients with OSA experience multiple pauses in their breathing every night. It’s not uncommon to experience these pauses anywhere from 5 to 30 times an hour. Each episode may last for a few seconds or even as long as a few minutes.
These pauses lead to disrupted sleep, low oxygen levels, fatigue during the day, and problems with concentration and memory. Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, and stroke.
If you’re discouraged and have all but given up because you don’t think anything can be done about your sleep apnea, please give us a call. Our innovative treatment options treat obstructive sleep apnea with easy-to-use, comfortable dental appliances that work immediately.
When a new patient comes in, we will schedule you for an At-Home Sleep Study. You will pick up the study, complete it that night, and bring it in to review the results the following morning. If you choose to move forward with treatment, then we will proceed with a thorough exam and begin the process of fitting you for the appliance that best fits your needs. This process is completed digitally, making it more efficient and comfortable for you.
We do not want insurance to dictate whether or not the patient moves forward with treatment, so we have set our package at a reasonable fee so that patients can proceed with or without insurance.
Meet us, tour the office, and get all your questions answered. You’ll even go home with a goodie bag! Call today to schedule your free consult at 434-688-0600.