If you are a Madison resident who has trouble sleeping soundly at night due to a breathing issue, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep condition that can be treated using devices, such as oral appliances and CPAP machines, and lifestyle changes such as weight loss to make it easier for patients to breathe and get a good night’s sleep. In order to prevent further complications in the future, keep reading to learn more about sleep apnea and call our office to set up an appointment to get your sleep schedule back on track! After a discussion with your Andler Dental team, they will discuss either your options for treatment or your next steps to get the relief you need.
Sleep apnea is a condition that’s classified by pauses in breathing or shallow breathing while you sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes and can leave you feeling exhausted due to a lack of good sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is classified by breathing being interrupted by a blockage of airflow. Central sleep apnea, or CSA, is classified by breathing stopping completely or a combination of this and airflow blockages. Continuous positive airway pressure, also called a CPAP, can help with sleep apnea by providing a constant level of pressure to help regulate breathing. We also can sometimes use oral appliances to assist with your breathing.
Excessive daytime sleepiness, also called EDS, may be a sign of sleep apnea. Other signs of sleep apnea include impaired alertness and an increased risk of driving or work-related accidents. If OSA is not properly treated, it can lead to other health issues such as diabetes. Since OSA is the result of a lack of oxygen being delivered to the body, it can have potentially fatal consequences. To avoid worsening issues, we suggest being treated for sleep apnea as soon as possible.