If you’re looking to treat sleep apnea in Louisburg, the first step is typically to work with a sleep specialist or a sleep trained Dentist for a sleep study. Dr. Kirkegaard is able to administer a Home Sleep Test (HST) from The Art of Dentistry that is simply worn for one night, is inexpensive and easy to complete in the comfort of your own bed. Then, once you get a diagnosis, you can seek appropriate treatment. CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) devices are often prescribed for more severe cases of apnea.
For minor to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (and in severe cases where a CPAP was intolerable by the patient), a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) from The Art of Dentistry may be a good option/alternative to a CPAP machine. A MAD is a custom made oral appliance that gently moves the bottom of your jaw forward while you sleep, preventing tissue from sagging and blocking your airway. To learn more about this option for treating sleep apnea, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Kory Kirkegaard. It has been a very successful line of treatment for many patients!
Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed, which can lead to a higher risk of serious health problems like heart attack and stroke.
People with sleep apnea may be light to heavy snorers (but not always!). Your sleep partner may report snoring, with or without periodic interruptions in both snoring and breathing. This is a very common sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
If you have OSA, you may have trouble falling or staying asleep. And even if you get eight or more hours of sleep, you may still feel tired or drowsy during the day.
Poor quality sleep can lead to issues with your ability to focus on work, school, or just normal day-to-day tasks. OSA can even contribute to anxiety, depression, mood swings, irritability, and diminished libido (sex drive). Imagine if you never get a full nights rest how this would affect you year after year.
If you regularly wake up with a headache or a sore throat in the morning, this could indicate the presence of obstructive sleep apnea.
With a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD), you can get treatment for sleep apnea without a CPAP machine. An MAD is a type of custom-built oral appliance that gently moves the bottom of your jaw forward while you sleep, preventing tissue from sagging and blocking your airway, therefore increasing airflow and oxygen to the brain.
This prevents the tissue in your airway and throat from sagging. In turn, this prevents sleep apnea, and allows you to sleep soundly. MAD is a great alternative to CPAP for most patients obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). If you have obstructive sleep apnea and are interested in getting a MAD, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kory Kirkegaard at The Art of Dentistry right away.
About 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and nearly 40 million Americans have lost all their teeth.
Yes. This is because sleep apnea interrupts proper breathing at night. This can make it hard to fall asleep and stay asleep, and you may also wake up in the middle of the night with a choking or gasping sensation.
Along with this, sleep apnea diminishes your body’s ability to get oxygen into your bloodstream and to your brain. Your heart then beats much faster (think brisk walk to slow jog) at night you sleep. Instead of resting and recovering, your heart works just as hard, if not harder at night. Over time, this leads to significantly higher chances of heart attack, stroke and other severe cardiac issues.
This lack of oxygen to your brain can also contribute to tiredness and drowsiness. If you’re feeling drowsy and weary all day and you’re not sure why, obstructive sleep apnea may be the cause of your tiredness. The home sleep tests are inexpensive and easy to complete in your own bedroom!