Loud snoring, or obstructive sleep apnea, is often related to your oral structure. Dr. Bryan Bumpas offers an alternative treatment to the CPAP for sleep apnea and sleep-disordered breathing in our Edmond, OK dental practice.
Many patients are unaware that they’ve been snoring in their sleep unless their roommate or sleep partner tells them. However, sleep apnea is more than just an inconvenience. It also poses major health concerns due to the fact that it involves you having an improper airway as you sleep. If you suspect you’ve been struggling with sleep apnea, we recommend seeking treatment sooner rather than later to avoid future health complications and risks as well as the loss of sleep.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Edmond, OK
Obstructive sleep apnea is caused when there is an excess of soft tissues in your mouth and throat which prevent you from breathing properly while you sleep. People of all ages and genders can experience sleep apnea, though it is commonly seen in men over the age of 40. Sleep apnea patients often are unaware that they’ve been suffering from this issue. In addition to loud snoring, symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Sleep deprivation
- Episodes of no breathing
- Mouth breathing
- Dry mouth
Our office partners with a local sleep physician for diagnosis and treatment recommendations. While CPAP machines are commonly recommended to sleep apnea patients, mild to moderate cases can be treated using oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy involves the use of a custom mouthguard which is worn at night while you sleep. It holds your jaw in a healthy resting position to ensure that you have a proper airway as you sleep. Patients with sleep apnea enjoy oral appliance therapy because it is much more portable than a CPAP machine, making traveling and vacationing easier.
We encourage patients to seek treatment for sleep apnea as soon as they suspect they may be suffering from it. Sleep apnea can lead to serious health conditions like high blood pressure, strokes, heart failure, diabetes, and heart attacks. It is important that you restore your ability to breathe while you sleep as well as allow yourself the ability to get a full night’s rest.
Schedule An Appointment
Are you suffering from obstructive sleep apnea? Are you looking for a dentist who can provide sleep apnea treatment? Dr. Bryan Bumpas is currently accepting appointments from new and returning patients. Please schedule an appointment online, and we look forward to seeing you soon.