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What your dentist in Denver wants you to know
Did you know that if you snore regularly, you could have a serious medical condition? It’s true. Regular, loud snoring could be a sign of sleep apnea, a condition that can lead to shortening your life! So how do you know if you have sleep apnea? Dr. Steven Wilk at Center for Headache, TMJ, and Sleep Disorders in Denver, CO, wants to share the facts about sleep apnea signs, symptoms, and treatment to help you.
When you have sleep apnea, it means that the tissue at the back of your throat relaxes when you sleep, blocking your airway. You continuously stop and start breathing throughout the night. Some of the signs and symptoms you will experience include:
- Loud snoring
- Waking up gasping or choking
- Having a sore throat in the morning
- Having a headache when you wake up
- Daytime sleepiness
When you stop breathing and start up again, it results in not enough oxygen flowing to your vital organs including your brain and heart. Sleep apnea has been shown to lead to an increased risk of stroke, memory problems, and heart failure.
There are 2 widely approved methods of treatment for sleep apnea: a CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) machine, and ORAL APPLIANCE treatment.
With CPAP, A machine fits over your nose and mouth, providing a continuous pressurized flow of air while you sleep. Many people don’t like the CPAP because they find it uncomfortable and restrictive, so they stop using it.
ORAL APPLIANCES are much more comfortable, portable and discreet than the CPAP machine. ORAL APPLIANCES are covered by most major medical insurance, including Medicare and Tricare.
For more detailed information about ORAL APPLIANCES for treating Sleep Apnea, please visit the Snoring section on the website at http://www.tmjheadaches.com/snoring-dentist.html
You can add years to your life by getting treated for sleep apnea, so don’t delay! Just pick up the phone and call Dr. Wilk at Center for Headache, TMJ, and Sleep Disorders in Denver, CO. Call today and get a good night’s sleep!
If you have ever shared the bed with someone who snores or are a snorer yourself, you probably know how irritating and frustrating this sleep habit can be. However, in some cases, snoring can be a sign of more than just a nighttime annoyance. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can turn deadly if left untreated and its most common symptom is snoring. However, understanding the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea can help you find and treat this condition and get the best night’s sleep possible. Find out more about sleep apnea with Dr. Steven Wilk at Center for Headache, TMJ, and Sleep Disorders in Denver, CO.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition affecting sleep which causes pauses in breathing. These pauses, known as apneas, can cause the sufferer to snore loudly or wake up gasping to catch their breath. If left untreated, this condition could have severe consequences and even result in death. Most cases of sleep apnea are caused by an obstruction in the airway, referred to as obtrusive sleep apnea or OSA. Central sleep apnea or CSA occurs when the brain fails to send the correct breathing signals to the lungs, resulting in apneas. OSA is far more common than CSA. Complex sleep apnea is a combination of OSA and CSA.
Do I have sleep apnea?
While the most common symptom of sleep apnea is excessive snoring, there are other tell-tale signs of this condition. Since most of the symptoms occur at night, many sleep apnea sufferers are not aware they have this condition and their bed partners are often the first to notice that something is wrong. Some of the most obvious symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- excessive snoring
- waking suddenly, often gasping for breath
- long pauses in breathing
- daytime sleepiness
- feeling exhausted upon waking
- morning headaches
Sleep Apnea Treatments in Denver, CO
A common treatment for sleep apnea is a CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, machine. The machine’s mask covers the nose and mouth and sends a steady stream of air through the airway to keep it open and prevent it from collapsing. However, some people aren't able to tolerate CPAP treatment. Conservative treatments for sleep apnea include simple lifestyle changes like losing weight or changing sleeping positions. However, if these changes fail to produce results, you may need a dental appliance to reposition the jaw and help prevent obstructions of the airway. For mild to moderate sleep apnea, oral appliances can be as effective as CPAP
For more information on sleep apnea, please contact Dr. Wilk at Center for Headache, TMJ, and Sleep Disorders in Denver, CO. Call (303) 758-4865 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Wilk today!
Are you suffering from severe headaches but don't know what the cause may be? Your Denver, CO, TMJ dentist, Dr. Steven Wilk, can help you.
In an article written by WHO (World Health Organization) in 2016, it was reported that approximately 50 percent of adults suffered from headache disorder. Now, while pain can affect a number of places in your body, headaches can turn into migraines and are a result of various things.
Here are a few things your dentist in Denver wants you to know can cause severe headaches:
- Unchecked teeth that have developed cavities. The cavities erode the enamel and eat through the teeth infecting and causing the inflammation of the tooth pulp. In that case, you may need a root canal, but tooth loss and the need for dental implants may arise if you continue neglecting your teeth.
- Gum disease, such as gingivitis, is when plaque builds up and bacteria flourish around your teeth and in your gums. Your gums may become red, sore and inflamed. If they're not taken care of, your gums may begin to recede and you periodontitis forms, which means you may lose your tooth or teeth if you don't visit your dentist.
- Damage to your temporomandibular joint, also known as TMJ, can cause difficulty chewing and your joints to lock.
- Bruxism, grinding your teeth, can damage your teeth, but it can also be painful and lead to headaches.
- If you have an improper bite, that can cause pain while your chew and bite.
- Other issues causing pain may include neck aches and poor sleep quality due to a sleep disorder.
If you're experiencing headaches and need a doctor, visit Dr. Wilk in his Denver, CO, office. You can call to make an appointment or ask him about any questions or concerns you have at this number: (303) 758-4865.
Snoring might not seem like a big deal to you but it could be a red flag regarding your health.
Has your bedmate told you that you snore like a freight train? Do you snore loudly every night or more often than not? Does your household complain about how loud your snoring is? If so, this could be a sign of sleep apnea, a sleep condition that causes you to stop breathing multiple times throughout the night. The sooner the issue is caught the better. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, our Denver, CO, dentist Dr. Steven Wilk provides helpful information about what he can do to treat your sleep apnea symptoms.
If loud snoring is due to obstructive sleep apnea this is something that requires immediate care from a sleep specialist. Sleep apnea is not a condition to ignore. This sleep disorder deprives the brain of oxygen, which it needs, and it has been linked with diabetes, stroke and heart attack. If people have told you that you snore and you find yourself waking up extremely exhausted every morning ( no matter how much sleep you get) then it’s time to schedule an appointment with a sleep doctor.
And if you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea you may be wondering how our Denver sleep dentist might be able to help. Of course, here at the Center for Headache, TMJ, and Sleep Disorders, we work with you to make sure you are getting the proper and most effective care for managing your snoring and other symptoms.
Oral appliance therapy is a convenient, easy-to-use and portable device that is designed to reposition the jaws and the tongue to prevent the tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing and obstructing the airways. This device looks similar to a mouthguard but it is custom-made to fit over your upper and lower teeth to provide you with the support you need to get a more rested and snore-free night.
If even a full night’s rest doesn’t refresh you then it’s time you called the Center for Headache, TMJ, and Sleep Disorders in Denver, CO, to determine how we can reduce or eliminate your sleep apnea symptoms.