Sleep Apnea Therapy & Snoring Cessation
Does the sound of your snoring keep your partner from getting a good night’s rest? Do you frequently awaken feeling exhausted, regardless of how many hours you slept? Perhaps you’ve noticed that you experience difficulty focusing on tasks at home or at work, frequently dozing off throughout the day. These are among the most common symptoms of a potentially life-threatening sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Sleep apnea is characterized by numerous lapses in breathing throughout the night as the affected patient sleeps. The soft tissues of the throat and mouth collapse, resulting in a partially or completely obstructed airway. As your blood oxygen level decreases due to these periods of breathing cessation, your heart is forced to work harder and blood pressure increases. Though excessive snoring is the symptom that sleep apnea sufferers find most bothersome, the dangers to physical and mental health are far more critical. At Shandrick Dental Care, Dr. Robert Shandrick offers comprehensive sleep apnea therapy and snoring solutions to patients in Sugarloaf, PA and the surrounding areas. If you suspect that you or a loved one may be affected by obstructive sleep apnea, please don’t hesitate to call or email us today.
The Importance of Treating Sleep Apnea
When your brain and body are starved of vital oxygen due to sleep apnea, all tissues and blood vessels suffer to some degree. Over time, untreated sleep apnea can result in the following severe health complications:
- Coronary artery disease
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Weight gain
- Eye problems, including glaucoma
- Difficulty recovering after surgery
Without enough deep sleep, your mental health may begin to decline as well. The psychological effects of sleep apnea include:
- Unexplained changes in personality
- Mood swings
- Depression and anxiety
- Increased risk of dementia
- Loss of motivation
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory loss
- Chronic fatigue
Find Lasting Relief from Sleep Apnea
The first step in successfully treating sleep apnea is accurate diagnosis. You may choose to be tested at a dedicated facility or with an at-home testing unit provided by a sleep disorder specialist. In fact, our office features an at-home OSA sleep testing unit for your convenience.
If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea and are ready to find real relief, Dr. Shandrick can help. In many cases of mild to moderate OSA, a custom-fitted oral appliance – also called a night guard or oral splint – can be used to open up the airways while the patient sleeps. This comfortable, proven solution allows you to breathe properly throughout the night, preventing dangerous instances of apnea.
In addition to reducing your risk of severe complications associated with sleep apnea, your custom oral appliance can reduce or eliminate snoring altogether. This allows both you and your partner to enjoy a more peaceful, restful night of sleep. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Shandrick and our experienced, compassionate team. We genuinely look forward to helping you overcome obstructive sleep apnea with snoring solutions and therapies customized to suit your unique needs. Our state-of-the-art Sugarloaf, PA dental office warmly welcomes families from throughout the nearby areas of Berwick, Hazleton, Bloomsburg, McAdoo, Weatherly, and beyond.