Feeling drowsy during the day? Nodding off at the wrong times? Dr. Kallie Krugman and our team at Smiles Dental P.C. might have a way to help you. With sleep apnea treatment in Norfolk, Nebraska, we can help you reclaim your restful hours at night and your productivity during the day. Contact us for a free consultation today and read below to learn more.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
“Apnea” — without breathing.
This phenomenon occurs when a person literally stops breathing repeatedly during their sleep and their body has to wake up in order to catch their breath. Quite frequently, this happens without the person being aware and can happen up to hundreds of times during the night. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. This can be very dangerous to the overall physical health of an individual as well as affecting their overall quality of life.
Problems Associated With Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is very common and affects over 20 million Americans. It can strike anyone at any age. Because of the lack of awareness by the public and health care professionals, the majority of people go undiagnosed and untreated. This can lead to significant health issues like high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases, memory problems, excessive daytime tiredness, weight gain, hormone imbalance, reproductive issues, sleeping issues, erectile dysfunction, impotency, diabetes issues, headaches, and many other health issues. It can also be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle crashes.
Fortunately, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
There are many risk factors or causes of sleep apnea. Some are caused by your brain, and others are caused by some type of obstruction. Obstructions can be the position you sleep, obesity, a thick neck or heavy chest, enlarged tonsils or tongue, as well as many other anatomical features, such as the soft palate or muscles of the throat that can impinge on the airway, causing it to be impaired during sleep. There are a number of other reasons for sleep apnea, which is why it is important to be screened by your doctor if you have any of the symptoms.
What Are the Symptoms or Signs of Sleep Apnea?
- Active Congestive Heart Failure
- Early Death
- Hypertension/High Blood Pressure
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Acid Reflux
- Night Sweats
- Past Strokes
- Frequent Night Time Urination
- Irregular Heartbeat
- Erectile Dysfunction
- High Cholesterol
- Oxygen Therapy
- Chronic Lung Disease/Asthma
What Should I Expect During My Visits?
Your first visit will involve a review of your medical history and an oral exam to determine if you have any signs or symptoms of sleep apnea. From there, a home sleep study can be issued to you that day. Once your study is returned, sleep professionals analyze the data and determine the best route of treatment for as an individual.
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
There are a number of ways to treat obstructive sleep apnea, and a sleep test helps us to determine which treatment is best for you. One option is an oral appliance that comfortably repositions the jaw to allow more oxygen flow during sleep. Another option is a CPAP machine, which consists of a mask that forces oxygen into the airway. After visiting with our dentist, we will decide which treatment is best for you, but we find most people do well with a small, comfortable oral appliance.
For mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, oral appliances may be an effective treatment option.
Does My Insurance Pay for This?
Not all insurances are the same, but we are here to help. We will check into your medical insurance to help you better understand the benefits you have for these services. This allows us to give you a quote for any expenses that you may have for devices delivered by our office.
Contact Our Office
Call Today! 402-371-9552
Smiles Dental P.C.
510 W Madison Ave.
Norfolk, Nebraska 68701