Are you regularly accused of snoring loudly at night and keeping your bed partner awake? Perhaps it’s your bed partner who’s the culprit. Do you frequently wake up with headaches or migraines? Do you find yourself exhausted by the afternoon? If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from sleep apnea in Columbia, and Dr. Brian Fann can help you.
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a dangerous sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing during the night, typically due to an obstructed airway. The lack of oxygen signals you to wake up, and this can happen multiple times during an hour, and hundreds of times during the night.
While you may not even realize that you’re waking up, your body suffers from the lack of rest and rejuvenation for your organs. This can lead to a host of issues, not to mention contributes to other health concerns such as diabetes, heart failure, high blood pressure, and stroke.
Sleep apnea can be tricky to diagnose because you usually aren’t aware that you’re waking during the night. Loud snoring that keeps your bed partner awake is a telltale sign as well as:
- Frequent headaches, especially in the morning
- Difficulty focusing or concentrating during the day
- Chronic fatigue
- Weight gain
Sleep apnea is typically diagnosed with a sleep study that measures your heart rate and breathing throughout the night and also determines how often you’re waking.
How is Sleep Apnea Treated?
CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure therapy is the typical standard of care your physician will recommend for sleep apnea. CPAP requires you to wear a mask at night during sleep in order to deliver a solid stream of air at just the right pressure for your needs. Many patients however, find the CPAP difficult to wear due to feelings of claustrophobia, or the machine being too loud to sleep with.
Dr. Fann, your dentist in Columbia, works with many physicians to offer an alternative therapy for sleep apnea patients with an oral appliance called SomnoDent. This appliance works to reposition your tongue and jaw in order to keep your airway open and clear during the night. The SomnoDent can be used in conjunction with CPAP, or alone for those with mild to moderate sleep apnea.
Contact our Office
If you think that you or a loved one may be suffering from sleep apnea, please contact our office to meet with Dr. Fann. He’s happy to consult your physician to ensure that you’re receiving the most effective and comfortable therapy for your needs.