Sleep apnea dentist Boulder – Stop snoring Longmont and Lafayette CO
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Does your snoring keep her up at night?

Are you exhausted, even after a full night's rest?

Treatment is Essential.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that cuts off your breathing during sleep, which causes your brain to force you to wake up, so you can start breathing again. The waking can happen anywhere from 20 to 100 times throughout the night, making you chronically exhausted from lack of sleep.

If you snore at night and feel like you are barely making it through your day, sleep apnea may be the cause. Our practice can give you a diagnosis along with excellent treatment that can help you get a good night’s sleep again.

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Untreated Sleep Apnea is Dangerous

Many people are unaware that they have sleep apnea because patients often fall asleep again immediately after an episode. In fact, we have found research showing an estimated 80 percent of sleep apnea cases go undiagnosed and are therefore untreated.

Not only are many people getting poor sleep, but they are also deprived of oxygen. This can lead to serious health complications including:

  • ADHD
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Attack
  • Obesity
  • Stroke
  • Sudden Death

Even if you’re not sure that your snoring and daytime fatigue may be caused by sleep apnea, an accurate diagnosis won’t hurt anything and can definitely help if you’re suffering from lack of sleep.

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Common Symptoms

our Boulder dentist treats sleep apnea and snoringThe most recognizable sign of sleep apnea is when you stop breathing during sleep, something your partner may have noticed. Other common symptoms include:

  • Snoring that is loud or has become louder recently.
  • Gasping, choking, or snorting during sleep.
  • Decreased ability to focus or concentrate during the day.
  • Poor memory or memory loss.
  • Exhaustion, lethargy, and falling asleep unexpectedly during the day.
  • Onset of acid reflux or GERD.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Headaches, usually worse right after waking up.
  • Waking with a dry mouth or sore throat.

When you come to visit, we’ll discuss all of your symptoms with you when making a diagnosis and customizing your treatment plan.

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Advantages of Treatment

If your sleep apnea has gone untreated for years, you may have forgotten just how essential a full night’s sleep is for your health.

Continuous Sleep

We want you to fall asleep and stay asleep for enough consecutive hours to fit in the REM cycle your mind and body needs, allowing you to sleep deeply again.

Daytime Energy

You can wake up feeling refreshed and energized! You need to be alert and focused during all of your daily activities, whether at work or driving down the road. You can be productive and engaged.

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Improved Relationships

Keeping your loved ones up at night with your snoring may cause strain on a relationship. With treatment, you can stop snoring and regain clarity of mind for better conversation and patience.

Better Health

Decrease and eliminate the health risks that are often associated with sleep apnea.

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Sleep Apnea Solutions

We provide a wide range of sleep apnea treatments, including:

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Oral Appliance Therapy

An oral appliance may be all you need to treat your sleep apnea! The appliance works like a mouthguard and keeps your airway clear and open while you sleep to prevent your jaw and tongue from obstructing your airway.

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CPAP Device

A CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device, is a mask that fits over your nose and mouth. It attaches to a machine designed to produce mild pressure on your airway to keep it open while you sleep. The CPAP can provide immediate results and relief when worn consistently.

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Upper-Airway Surgery

Some cases of sleep apnea are caused by a deviated septum or an excess of soft tissue in your throat. Surgery can repair or remove the obstruction, but we usually recommend you try other treatments first.

We carefully assess your unique case of sleep apnea to find out which sleep apnea treatment will work best for you. Call us today!

Common Questions

What causes sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when something causes you to stop breathing while you are sleeping. This is usually due to an obstruction of your airway. Your breathing may be cut off due to:

  • An enlarged tongue
  • Excess soft tissue in the throat
  • Enlarged tonsils or adenoids
  • A large overbite
  • Nasal or sinus blockage

Dr. West will conduct a thorough examination to determine what is causing your sleep apnea.

If I snore, do I definitely have sleep apnea?
Almost all cases of sleep apnea include snoring but not all cases of snoring are caused by sleep apnea. We can accurately determine if your snoring is linked to sleep apnea and provide treatment either way to get you breathing clearly again.
Could I have sleep apnea even if I don't snore?
The only definite characteristic of sleep apnea is frequent pauses in breathing during sleep. Snoring is a common symptom but is not always present in cases of sleep apnea. Our take-home sleep study can accurately determine if your breathing is stopping during the night.
What's the difference between the CPAP and an oral appliance?
The CPAP is a mask that fits over your face and pushes air into your lungs, keeping your airway open with mild pressure. An oral appliance fits into your mouth and keeps your jaw and tongue in a forward position, so they do not fall back and obstruct your airway.

We will assess your sleep apnea causes and tolerances in order to find the best solution for you.

What about insurance and sleep apnea?
We are committed to helping you feel good again and will work with you to see if your insurance company will cover your treatment. We can also develop financial plans if necessary.
What is it like to wear an oral appliance?
An oral appliance is similar to a retainer or mouthguard. We will customize and adjust your appliance for the most comfortable and stable fit. Our oral appliances are made of highly durable material and should last you three to five years.
Are there side effects to wearing an oral appliance?
Because the purpose of an oral appliance is to keep your jaw and tongue from falling back and obstructing your airflow, your bite may shift out of alignment. We can provide you with a repositioning device to get your bite back in its original position. Other possible side effects include dry mouth, excessive salivation, and muscle soreness, but most patients report that these side effects lessen or go away completely over time.
Why get an appliance from my dentist instead of online?
Oral appliances purchased online are not FDA-approved and not customized to fit your mouth or address the unique causes of your sleep apnea. Oral appliances that are poorly crafted or not fitted properly can cause jaw pain and may break easily.

Trust our practice to provide you with a high-quality oral appliance that will keep you pain-free and comfortable for years.

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Complimentary Sleep Apnea Consultation

If you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea and would like to see a dentist in Lafayette CO, call to schedule a free thirty-minute consultation with us right now. We can talk about your symptoms, your risks, and any questions you might have.

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