Sleep Apnea Therapy – Weyauwega, WI
Finally Get the Rest You Deserve
Does your partner complain about your loud snoring? Are you tired throughout the day? You may be tempted to brush these symptoms off as simple, little annoyances, but they could indicate that something more serious is happening with your health. At our practice in Weyauwega, we care about the overall well-being of our patients, not just their teeth, so you can trust that we’ll be able to help you overcome this common problem.
Sleep apnea is a disorder where a person’s breathing stops for more than 10 seconds multiple times during the night. The most common kind of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea, where the soft tissues in the mouth and throat relax and collapse into the airway, blocking the flow of air. When this happens, the body panics and partially wakes up to restore breathing. This can happen hundreds of times a night, and it prevents a person from getting the deep, restful sleep they need to feel awake and focused during the day, hindering their quality of life.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
If you frequently have to deal with chronic exhaustion, moods swings, or focus/memory problems, sleep apnea could very likely be the cause. Other symptoms include the following:
- Loud snoring.
- Daytime drowsiness.
- High blood pressure.
- Morning headaches.
- Decreased libido.
Dangers of Not Treating Sleep Apnea
What can happen if your sleep apnea remains untreated or undiscovered? Sleep apnea has been found to cause several health issues, including high blood pressure and hypertension, which are common risk factors for the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States—heart disease.
In addition, studies have shown that driving while drowsy can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. In pregnant women, sleep apnea has been known to lead to complications, such as preterm birth and preeclampsia. By taking control of your sleep apnea through holistic treatment, you can reduce these outcomes, improving your quality of life for the long haul.
Child Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea doesn’t just affect adults. If your child snores, don’t ignore it! It could mean that they have this sleep condition, which can impact their physical growth, developmental milestones, and their ability to succeed in school.
Treating Sleep Apnea
In some cases, a CPAP machine is used to address sleep apnea, but many find that this machine interferes with their rest even more than the sleep apnea! Fortunately, as a holistic dentist, Dr. Twohig can provide relief from these symptoms using a small, custom-made oral appliance. It will slightly shift the jaw forward in order to keep the facial tissues from relaxing and blocking the airway. With this non-invasive appliance, your airways can remain open and clear, allowing you to sleep peacefully throughout the night and enjoy significantly more energy throughout the day.
Is this small oral appliance really that effective at helping your sleep? According to the U.S. Department of Health, 100 percent of patients who use an oral appliance say that they experience improvement in daytime functions. About 75 percent reduced their sleep apnea by more than 50 percent. That’s significant progress! Just think of the good it could do for you and your family.
Are you, a bed partner, or your child suffering from sleep apnea? Contact us today to learn more about how Dr. Twohig can help you start sleeping better tonight!