Imagine waking up every few minutes of every hour every night you lie down to go to sleep. For people with sleep apnea, this is a reality. Beck Dental Care offers our patients the sleep apnea treatment in Columbia, TN they need to alleviate their symptoms and get back to sleeping the whole night through. Call our Columbia, TN dentist office today at 931-398-5265 to schedule a time to come in and have your symptoms evaluated with sleep apnea treatment.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that causes you to stop breathing while you are asleep. This triggers a panic response in your body and jerks you awake – though you likely don’t know it since you fall back to sleep right away. You never get the chance to reach the deep, restful sleep you need to fully recover from your day. The result is a restless night’s sleep that seems to do more harm than good.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Here are some of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea.
- Chronic Snoring
- Sore Throat
Sleep apnea is a huge issue now and we're figuring out that it's a much bigger issue than we thought in the past. It has a massive impact on quality of life and things like that. It makes a lot of other issues worse, so if someone has high blood pressure, diabetes, things like that, it makes it much worse and it's very important to treat it.
There are two kind of broad categories of ways to treat it. One is CPAP. The other is a dental device. Often patients will go in, they'll have a sleep study done and they'll get a CPAP, which is a mask that they wear at night. It forces air in and keeps their throat, their airway open. Some patients love them, some patients don't tolerate them very well. The mask is kind of bulky and things like that. For those patients, we can actually make a dental device that acts very much like a guard and goes in their mouth and holds their jaw forward and opens their airway that way. It's a fantastic option for people who travel a lot. It's not cumbersome, it fits in a little tiny case. Patients really enjoy it.
If you feel like you're snoring, you're not sleeping well and think you might be a little bit tired during the day, it probably has a much bigger impact on your life than you realize. People think that the way they are and are feeling is normal and then they have a CPAP or dental device and they realize how much they're missing out on and how big of an improvement it makes.
How Beck Dental Care Help
Our highly trained Columbia, TN dentist team will evaluate your condition and help determine whether you are suffering from sleep apnea. We use the Epworth Sleepiness Scale to screen patients for sleep apnea. If we suspect the disorder, we can fit you with a custom oral appliance to help keep your airway open while you sleep and mitigate your sleep apnea symptoms. This is a great alternative for those who can’t tolerate their CPAP machine.
Beat Sleep Apnea with Help from Beck Dental Care
Dr. Beck, Dr. Hart, and all our Columbia, TN dentist go above and beyond the basics to keep you healthy. Call our office at 931-398-5265 to schedule a time to come in for a sleep apnea treatment. You can use our online form to schedule your sleep apnea treatment appointment as well or ask us questions. Let Beck Dental Care help you get back to sleeping like a baby.