Sleep Apnea Treatment
Your Galloway dentist doesn’t just clean and check your teeth; we can also help treat issues that you might not associate with dentistry.
For example, if you have noticed that fatigue and lethargy even after a full night’s rest, or if your partner or a family member has told you that you snore loudly or constantly, please let Dr. Josh Halderman know during your regular dental check-up—or schedule a sleep apnea appointment.
Getting enough rest is crucial for your quality of life and level of happiness. If your partner has been tolerating your snoring, their patience might be running out. Some couples seek out separate sleeping arrangements, which can create distance if it’s not a mutual want.
Loud snoring can indicate a severe medical condition known as obstructive sleep apnea.
What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that obstructs your airway and breathing throughout the night for brief periods of time. This is a severe condition that can be potentially dangerous if left untreated.
Dr. Halderman will work alongside your primary care physician to conduct a sleep study in order to diagnose any sleep disorders.
The sleep study may even be carried out in your own bed for your convenience. For best results, however, it may be best to do an overnight study in a clinic.
The sleep study will be able to observe how often you wake up due to a blocked airway. Many times, patients can’t recall waking up throughout their sleep, and many are surprised to learn that they can wake up dozens of times, which obviously affects their quality of sleep.
If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and need treatment in Galloway, OH, please contact Galloway Smiles so we can improve your life. We will work with you to make sure you get the oxygen you need during the night, and to prevent serious health consequences.
Why You Should Heal Your Sleep Apnea
Not only is snoring unpleasant and annoying, but it is also linked to severe health complications, including:
- Acid reflux
- Heart Attacks
- Gum disease
- Drowsiness when driving
At Galloway Smiles, we want all of our patients to enjoy a happy, stress-free, and safe life. We take your sleep seriously! Your dentist in Grove City, OH is always available to answer questions or address oral health concerns.
What Is the Cause for Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea can be caused by obesity, age, loose tissue in the throat, and more. This condition is more common in men. Many variables can increase the odds of sleep apnea, like consuming alcohol, medications, smoking, genetics, and more.
How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?
Most patients who suffer from sleep apnea find themselves tired and drained of energy. This affects your quality of work, driving, how you process and create ideas, and your health in general.
Symptoms often include one or more of the following:
- Sleepiness during the day
- Morning headaches
- Brain fog
- Inconsistent memory
- Floppy eye syndrome
Many medications can also affect your sleep, including popular medications for acid reflux, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and depression.
Around 20 percent of American adults suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, more than half of them over the age of 50. Most patients never get diagnosed and continue living with a condition that impacts and hinders their life and health since many symptoms are atypical. Sleep apnea patients are three times more likely to suffer from depression, strokes, diabetes, and asthma.
Are You Ready to Treat Your Sleep Apnea?
Your family dentist in Grove City, OH may recommend a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine to counter sleep apnea. This machine keeps your airway open using a constant flow of air. We also offer oral appliance therapy for patients who cannot tolerate CPAP.
If you’re ready to seek out sleep apnea treatment in Galloway, OH, give Dr. Halderman and his dental team a call today.