Sleep Apnea Specialist

Hibernation Sleep MN

Nathaniel Cogswell, DDS, DABDSM

Sleep Apnea Dentist located in Saint Anthony Park, Saint Paul, MN

Do you often wake up groggy with a headache or sore throat? If so, you may have a potentially dangerous condition called sleep apnea. At Hibernation Sleep MN in the Saint Anthony Park neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Nathaniel Cogswell, DDS, DABDSM, and the experienced dental team use a variety of oral appliances to treat and reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea. For more information, call Hibernation Sleep MN, or request a consultation online today.

Sleep Apnea Q&A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes you to repeatedly stop and start breathing while sleeping. These episodes can occur hundreds of times a night, and you might not even know they’re happening.

There are three main types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)

The most common type of sleep apnea, OSA, occurs when the soft tissue in the back of your throat relaxes and collapses while you sleep, blocking your airways.

Central sleep apnea

If you have central sleep apnea, your brain essentially fails to tell your muscles how to breathe while you sleep.

Complex sleep apnea

While uncommon, complex sleep apnea occurs if you have both OSA and central sleep apnea simultaneously.

What are the most common symptoms of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is most commonly characterized by loud snoring. Many people have no idea that they have the disorder until a partner, roommate, or family member comments on their snoring. 

Other common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Sore throat in the morning
  • Morning headaches
  • Brain fog
  • Irritability
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Gasping for air while sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth upon waking up
  • Decreased libido
  • Depression

While anybody can develop sleep apnea, it’s more common in men and those struggling with obesity.

How is sleep apnea treated?

The main goal when treating sleep apnea is making sure your airways aren’t blocked when you fall asleep. To open your airways, Hibernation Sleep MN recommends scheduling a visit for an oral appliance.

There are several types of oral appliances for sleep apnea available at Hibernation Sleep MN. They include:

Panthera® sleep appliances

Panthera D-SAD sleep appliances are designed and milled using computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology for a perfect fit. They’re also the smallest available in the industry and are a strong, comfortable biocompatible nylon.

Whole You™ sleep appliances 

The Whole You product line contains a variety of options that can accommodate extra tongue space, nighttime jaw movement, smaller mouth sizes, and other unique features. You can even speak or drink water while wearing the device, and you can sleep in any position. 

ProSomnus® IA

ProSomnus IA is an advanced sleep apnea appliance with numerous customization options according to your face shape and structure. It also allows for plenty of movement and is easy to keep clean. 

Untreated sleep apnea raises your risk of serious complications, like heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. If you think you may need treatment for sleep apnea, call Hibernation Sleep MN, or schedule an appointment online today.