Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that causes more than just snoring and restless nights. This condition can impact one’s quality of life and daily activities due to sleep deprivation. Obstructive sleep apnea results in a blockage in the airways, causing patients to awaken hundreds of times a night when they think they are getting a good night’s rest. Obstructive sleep apnea can cause daytime symptoms, which include fatigue, poor memory, difficulty concentrating, and other effects that can be caused by sleep deprivation. When diagnosed with this disorder, Oakville, Ontario, area patients are often told to use a CPAP machine. This is a device worn at night when patients sleep to keep the airway open. However, many patients do not comply with this treatment and are interested in alternative solutions. If you are seeking a treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea that eliminates the need for a CPAP machine, you can speak to Drs. Stephen Gaines and Arti Patel of Sherwood Dental.
What are some ways to address the symptoms and problems associated with obstructive sleep apnea?
While CPAPs are commonly used for patients struggling with getting a good night’s sleep, they can be cumbersome and uncomfortable. This causes many patients to stop using them, resulting in noncompliance with treatment recommendations from medical professionals. The symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea will return without effective treatment. At this point, our team may make alternative suggestions based on the cause of the condition. This may include:
- Limiting the consumption of alcohol
- Stopping the use of sleep medications and other pharmaceuticals that might be conflicting with sleep
- Improving sleep patterns
- Changing sleeping positions
- Losing weight for patients who are over their ideal weight for their frame and height
- Using nasal strips or sprays for easier breathing
- Asking their dentist about an oral appliance for obstructive sleep apnea
Learn more about obstructive sleep apnea solutions available at Sherwood Dental
If you are struggling with getting a good night’s rest and have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea from your primary care provider, we welcome you to call our office to find out more about alternative options. Sherwood Dental is conveniently located in Oakville, Ontario, at 2892 South Sheridan Way, and can be reached by phone at 844-951-8855 to schedule a consultation visit with Drs. Stephen Gaines
and Arti Patel