Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea can mean more than just a restless night of sleep.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can seriously affect your overall health.
River Valley Advanced Dental and Implant Center in Billings, MT, and Boise, ID, offers clinically approved appliances to treat sleep apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Interrupts Sleep
Those who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea can stop breathing for a few seconds to a full minute at a time before their brain signals them to wake partially and resume breathing again.
Sleep interruptions from OSA can happen hundreds of times throughout the night, interrupting your sleep and reducing the amount of oxygen delivered to your brain.
You Aren't Alone if You Suffer From Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that affects an estimated 22 million Americans. It is often undiagnosed because the symptoms occur while you are sleeping. If left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious effects on your overall health.
Symptoms Of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Loud and chronic snoring
- Daytime sleepiness
- Morning headaches
- Mood swings or easy irritability
- Waking while choking or gasping
- Frequent urination during the night
- Dry mouth or a sore throat in the morning
Do Not Let Sleep Apnea Affect Your Life Request a Consultation
Thanks to advancements in materials and technologies, treatment for sleep disorders is becoming more effective and comfortable than ever before.
At River Valley Advanced Dental & Implant Center, our teams in Billings, MT, and Boise, ID, can begin the process of treating your sleep apnea today. Contact our practice to request a consultation or call:
A study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that patients receiving oral appliance therapy reduced their symptoms of sleep apnea as well as improved physiological and behavioral outcomes.
The Negative Effects Of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea does not only affect the quality of your sleep. The disorder has been linked to several serious health issues, such as:
- Memory loss and confusion
- Acid reflux
- Weak immune system
- Asthma or difficulty breathing
- High blood pressure
- Liver disease
- High blood sugar
- Heart disease
- Decreased libido
- Low levels of oxygen in blood
- High cholesterol
- Daytime Sleepiness
These more severe side effects can affect your overall health and require more expensive and invasive treatment in the future. Taking steps to treat your condition can prevent serious, life-threatening consequences.
Who's at Risk?
There is no single answer as to what causes sleep apnea. Although some patients are prone to the condition because of their small airways or enlarged tonsils, certain health and lifestyle factors may increase your risk of this sleep disorder. Risk factors include:
- Excess weight
- Family history
- High blood pressure
If you notice sleep apnea symptoms in yourself or a loved one, we encourage you to visit our Billings, MT, or Boise, ID, office to receive a formal diagnosis to begin treatment.
Step-by-Step Treatment Process
Dr. Casagrande is proud to offer the most advanced, state-of-the-art, clinically approved oral appliances to treat patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.
Our Non-Surgical Treatment Options
Klearway™ appliances are made of thermoactive acrylic to fit comfortably and securely over your teeth while you sleep. The flexible material allows you to yawn and swallow without dislodging the appliance. Your aligner will keep your jaws and tongue in a proper position during sleep, opening the airway and eliminating sleep disturbances and snoring.
SomnoDent Herbst Advance
SomnoDent® Herbst Advance™ appliances have been used to treat sleep apnea and jaw misalignment for many years. Similar to Klearway products, Herbst oral appliances are easy to care for and made of flexible materials to fit comfortably around your teeth and gums. The device is fully adjustable and small for easy transport.