At Dr. Jones office we offer solutions for patients with common sleep disorders such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Snoring alone can be an incredible annoyance to your sleep partner, but may also indicate a more dangerous condition called obstructive sleep apnea also known as OSA.
Treatment for Snoring
Do you find that your snoring is disruptive to your partners sleep? Loud snoring can put a strain on your relationship. Lost sleep creates irritability and stress. Losing sleep repeatedly puts your mental and physical health at risk, making day to day tasks more difficult.
We treat snoring with oral appliance therapy. A custom fitted mouthpiece that helps reposition your jaw while you sleep. This helps to open up the air pathway in your throat that causes the snoring to occur in the first place.
Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Snoring is often a side effect of obstructive sleep apnea. OSA causes the airway in the back of your throat to cut off airflow while you are sleeping, thus triggering your brain to wake you so that you will begin to breathe again. OSA can cause numerous serious health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, depression,and fatigue. It also increases your risk for heart conditions and stroke.
Certain people are at higher risk for OSA. If you are male, over sixty years old, overweight, have a thick neck circumference, or consume alcohol you are at higher risk. You should have your snoring symptoms checked. If we believe you have OSA, we work with a sleep clinic that can provide you with an accurate diagnosis through a sleep study. Once you have received your diagnosis, we can then discuss treatment options for you.
For mild to moderate OSA, oral appliance therapy may be a good option for you. This works by gently guiding your lower jaw in a forward position to open the airway in your throat, allowing uninterrupted breathing and restful sleep.
For more severe cases of OSA a CPAP (continuous Positive air pressure) machine is still the first line of treatment. CPAP machines work by providing a steady airflow through a mask to keep your airway open. Many people have great success with the use of a CPAP machine.
Call us today to learn more. (714)771-1204