Sleep apnea is a serious sleep condition in which the sufferer stops breathing for brief periods throughout the night. Because this condition can lead to significant complications, we offer sleep apnea treatment in Metairie, LA.
Sleep Apnea Diagnosis
Many people are not aware that they have sleep apnea because the condition happens when they are asleep. For this reason, it is important to know the symptoms.
The most common symptom of sleep apnea is snoring. However, if your partner or a loved one mentions that you snore, this alone does not mean you have sleep apnea.
Other symptoms include:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Mood changes
- Dry throat
- High blood pressure
- Heart complications
- Sudden stroke or heart attack
Of course, you do not have to have all these symptoms to be diagnosed with sleep apnea. Many symptoms develop over time. But the sooner you seek a diagnosis and treatment, the better.
After Your Sleep Apnea Diagnosis
After you’re diagnosed, the CPAP machine is one of the most common treatments. This machine has a mask you wear during sleep, and it administers continuous airflow to keep your airway open as you rest. However, many people cannot get used to this cumbersome appliance, the hoses, and the mask.
Fortunately, your dentist in Metairie, LA can offer an alternative through appliance therapy. Our custom appliance is designed to fit your mouth, and it gently keeps your airway open for easier breathing throughout the night.
In some cases, you may rely on both CPAP and our oral appliance for optimal results. Or, you may choose to travel with the smaller appliance created by our dentist.
Other treatments may include weight loss and stress management.
Learn Whether Our Sleep Apnea Treatment in Metairie, LA Is Right for You
Our dentists can help assess your level and type of sleep apnea to determine whether appliance therapy is right for you. To get started, give us a call today.