If you are experiencing sleep apnea or if your snoring throughout the night keeps you and your partner awake, it is important that you seek the help of our office to get a diagnosis and snoring solutions.
Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by sleep interruptions caused from your airway being blocked during the night. Often, the blockage is caused by the tissues in the back of your mouth hanging down too far, and when you breathe, they restrict your airway. This leads to constant interruptions in your sleep – whether you’re aware of them or not – and consequently, you will experience fatigue and drowsiness throughout the day.
If you are experiencing sleep apnea, you will exhibit some warning signs that are a good indication that you have the condition. Some of the signs of sleep apnea include:
If you think you are experiencing sleep apnea, it is important that you receive a diagnosis quickly to ensure that you do not experience any life-threatening conditions. Sleep apnea can contribute to heart problems, problems with your blood pressure, diabetes, and even migraines.
We can perform a screening and, if we suspect sleep apnea, provide a home sleep study or refer you to a sleep study specialist at Mayo Clinic who will conduct a sleep study to diagnose you with the condition or rule out other conditions. The specialist will send the results back to us, and we can begin talking about your condition and forming a treatment plan.
Many patients do not like using a CPAP device, and this can be for good reason. The device is loud and can cause a distraction, which makes it difficult to sleep as well. If you are looking for an alternative to the CPAP, we can make you an oral appliance.
The appliance is custom made to fit and should be worn while you sleep at night. The appliance works to move your lower jaw forward slightly to keep your airway open while you are asleep. Wearing the appliance allows you to get uninterrupted sleep, and it prevents you from snoring as well.
Before we can begin any type of sleep study or recommend an oral appliance, we must see you in our office for a full consultation. During this time, we will go over your symptoms and discuss your health with you as well. It is important that you understand the condition and that you know what is going on.
We are always here to help you and provide you with the best care possible. If you are ready to have a consultation, please call our office today at 507-216-6252 to schedule an appointment. You can also fill out our convenient appointment form, and one of our team members will call you back shortly.