Did you know your dentist can treat sleep apnea?

concern-sleepapneaDid you know that Dr. David Richter can help you find help for your OSA? Our Greeley, CO dentist office offers custom-fit oral sleep appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea symptoms. Dr. Richter will work cooperatively with your general physician to find a treatment option that fits your lifestyle, improving your quality of life.

The Importance of Treating Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea or OSA can be detrimental to your health and quality of life. If you are suffering from sleep apnea, it is essential to get diagnosed and receive treatment. Sleep apnea can cause chronic drowsiness, confusion, difficulty concentrating and irritation. But it can also begin to affect your health. Patients with sleep apnea stop breathing up to 500 times a night due to a blockage of the airway. Each time they stop breathing they loose proper oxygen flow to vital organs causing stress on the body. Patients with untreated sleep apnea are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and heart attacks or strokes.

The Signs of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea all too often goes undiagnosed. There are a few ways to detect if you have sleep apnea. If you are a loud snorer, that may be a good indication you are suffering from sleep apnea. Not all patients who snore have sleep apnea, but many patients do. Loud snoring is often a sign of sleep apnea as the snoring can be an indication of an airway blockage. You may also suspect you have sleep apnea if you frequently wake up feeling tired even after a full nights rest. Patients with sleep apnea are often not getting proper rest due to the lack of oxygen to the brain.

Oral Sleep Device

Dr. Richter can custom fabricate an oral sleep device that will fit snuggly and comfortably for relief from sleep apnea symptoms. The oral appliance is much like a sports mouthguard. Many patients prefer the device to a CPAP machine due to its comfort and discreetness. The oral appliance is easy to clean and can easily be taken with you if you travel. Patients report feeling an immediate improvement in how they feel when they wake up after wearing the device for only a few nights.

Schedule An Appoinment

Early detection of sleep apnea can help avoid related health conditions. Contact our Greeley, CO dentist office today to learn more about OSA screenings.

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