Having trouble breathing at night because of sleep apnea can have far-reaching effects even during the day. With noninvasive treatments for sleep apnea at Hibernation Sleep MN in the Saint Anthony Park neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota, you can get restful sleep and avoid surgery. To set up an appointment with Nathaniel Cogswell, DDS, DABDSM, and try out your treatment options, call Hibernation Sleep MN, or request an appointment online today.
Sleep apnea is a condition that disrupts nighttime breathing during sleep. The most common type is called obstructive sleep apnea, and it develops because the tissues surrounding your airways within your throat close and shrink your airway when you relax. As a result, it’s hard to get the amount of oxygen you need for everyday functioning and cognition.
Many people recognize sleep apnea as a condition that causes snoring, and it does in some cases. It also causes pauses in breathing or gasping for air at night, and you might wake up often because of these breathing difficulties.
During the day, you feel effects from sleep apnea like frequent headaches, trouble concentrating, and fatigue or sleepiness. You might be able to ease some of the effects by losing weight, avoiding smoking and alcohol, or taking some other lifestyle steps to improve your breathing in general.
Noninvasive sleep apnea treatments are the primary form of care for the condition. Hibernation Sleep MN specializes in providing some of these treatments and helping you compare your options.
Dr. Cogswell specializes in treating sleep apnea with oral appliances. He helps you try one or more options to make sure you find one that feels comfortable and doesn’t inhibit your sleep. While there are a few different types, they all work by holding your lower jaw forward to keep your airway unobstructed.
Different oral appliance options, like Whole You™ sleep appliances and Panthera® sleep appliances, are designed based on your mouth size, tongue size, how much you move your mouth at night, and other features that Dr. Cogswell considers while treating your sleep apnea.
Noninvasive sleep apnea treatments are usually enough to ease the condition and its effects. Over time, they can lower your risk for harmful consequences of sleep apnea like cardiovascular issues and chronic fatigue. However, if you don’t find relief, Dr. Cogswell might refer you for surgery.
Sleep apnea surgery is rarely necessary, but it can address some of the anatomical abnormalities that create airway obstructions.
To explore noninvasive treatments for sleep apnea and find an approach that works well for you, call Hibernation Sleep MN, or schedule an appointment online today.