Family dentist Dr. Ray Becker offers a wide range of treatments for patients with sleep apnea. At Howard County Smiles in Columbia, MD, Dr. Becker and his dental care team work with you to get you the treatment you need. Dr. Becker has undergone years of advanced training and has field experience treating patients with sleep-related breathing disorders such as sleep apnea. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, it is important to visit a trusted medical professional to find the right solution for your needs.
What Is Sleep Apnea
Many people snore when they sleep; however, snoring is not always a sign of a more advanced issue. In some cases, snoring can be a sign of a medical issue called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). When obstructive sleep apnea occurs, patients may stop and start breathing throughout the night. The pauses are caused by the throat muscles collapsing and relaxing, therefore blocking the airway. Many patients don’t even realize they have sleep apnea. However, if you notice any symptoms associated with sleep apnea or your partner notices you may be snoring, gasping for breath, or making a choking sound, it is important you seek treatment.
Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Poor memory/confusion
- Waking up suddenly gasping or choking
- Night Sweats
- Headaches or migraines (especially in the morning)
- High blood pressure
- Dry mouth (especially in the morning)
It is important to note that anyone can develop sleep apnea. Patients should also be aware of their risks factors and determine if you can lower your risks of developing sleep apnea.
Common Risks Factors for Sleep Apnea:
- High blood pressure
- Obesity or excessive weight
- Small airway
- Family history of sleep apnea
Treating Sleep Apnea in Columbia, MD
Your treatment plan depends on your particular case and your overall health. The most common treatment for sleep apnea is the CPAP. However, there are other forms of treatment that help alleviate your symptoms and help you get a full nights rest. Oral appliance therapy can be an ideal solution for patients with sleep apnea. Dr. Becker can create a custom-made oral sleep appliance to help open the airway while you sleep. Oral sleep appliances are comfortable, safe, and help patients get the sleep they need.
Dr. Becker can work with you to create a treatment plan that addresses all your needs. If you want to learn more about treatment options for sleep apnea, or you are due for a dental checkup, contact Howard County Smiles in Columbia, MD.