You’ve probably heard of sleep apnea before and you may even be aware of some of the symptoms of the condition. When it comes to this condition most people are oblivious to just how damaging the condition is. What people don’t know is that when someone is suffering from it, they stop breathing hundreds of times a night. Wouldn’t you be worried if someone you knew suddenly stopped breathing randomly? Since this all takes place at night many tend to be completely oblivious of the problem and move on with their days, unaware of the damage being done to their bodies every night. However, the fact is that when this is left untreated for a long period of time it wrecks havoc on our internal organs. In fact, it has been shown that sleep apnea may cause or contribute to problems with stroke, heart disease, and ultimately organ failure and death if left undiagnosed and untreated. Call (303) 691-0267 or email our Denver sleep apnea treatment office today for an appointment.
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Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea can prevent breathing while you sleep, leading to unwanted symptoms and other health issues . The great news is sleep apnea treatment is available.
Sleep Apnea Types
One of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea is daytime sleepiness, which is easily measured by the Epworth Sleepiness Scale.
If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea you’ll want to consult a Denver sleep dentist as well as a sleep physician who will work together. The sleep physician will diagnose you and our Denver office will treat your sleep apnea if you’re a suitable candidate. When it comes to such a predicament there are three different types that patients can suffer from. It’s important to know the specific type of sleep apnea you have so that the proper treatment can be administered to you.
The first type and most commonly seen sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by blockage in the airway that disrupts the natural breathing pattern. This obstruction can be caused by various factors such as a poor sleeping position, genetics, obesity, and enlarged soft tissues such as the tonsils, adenoids, and the tongue. Conditions such as allergies and respiratory infections can also cause temporary obstructive sleep apnea.
The second kind is central sleep apnea which is caused when the brain does not send and/or receive the proper signals that control breathing. This happens when there is an imbalance in the part of the brain known as the respiratory control centers.
But people can have both types, and sometimes this is described as a third type of sleep apnea, called either mixed or complex sleep apnea.
CPAP isn’t the only option to treat sleep apnea
Rest with Quality and Safely Each Night
Don’t allow this condition to put your life at risk each night. Suffering from this problem in Denver is something that you don’t have to deal with any longer! Thanks to advances in treatment methods, there are several different types of sleep apnea treatment that have proven to be effective in both the short and long run. It is best that this treatment is provided to you as part of a cooperative effort between a sleep physician and a sleep dentist. Remember, your life is at risk each night you go to sleep without treating your sleep apnea.
If you’re ready to sleep better at night, stop snoring, and wake up feeling refreshed, come to Dr. Berry’s Denver office for treatment. After proper examination and consideration of your condition, Dr. Berry may be able to provide you with a sleep apnea appliance that will keep you breathing freely at night. To learn more about CPAP Alternatives, call (303) 691-0267 to set up an appointment time to meet with Dr. Berry. For your convenience you may also contact us online.
Self Screening: Do You Have Problems Sleeping?
The Epworth Sleepiness Scale
This self-administered test is used to determine your level of daytime sleepiness which can be caused by sleep apnea.