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 leaves you feeling groggy and inattentive even after what you were sure was a full night’s sleep. Sleep apnea cuts off your breathing while you are asleep, causing your brain to jolt you awake to gasp for air. This happens several times an hour all night long, so you are chronically exhausted no matter how early you go to bed. If you snore at night and feel like passing out during the day, sleep apnea may be the culprit. Our practice can give you a proper diagnosis and a treatment that will get you sleeping soundly again.

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Untreated Sleep Apnea is Dangerous

Because sufferers usually fall asleep again almost immediately after an episode, many are unaware that they have sleep apnea at all. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 80 percent of sleep apnea cases are undiagnosed and therefore untreated. This results in not only poor sleep but oxygen deprivation that can lead to serious health complications including:

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

Even if you are unsure if your snoring and daytime fatigue are linked to sleep apnea, do not delay getting an accurate diagnosis.

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Common Symptoms

our Boulder dentist treats sleep apnea and snoringThe most distinguishing sign of sleep apnea is frequent causes in breathing during sleep. Other commonly reported symptoms are:

  • Loud Snoring
  • Gasping, choking, or snorting during sleep
  • Inability to focus or concentrate
  • Poor or foggy memory
  • Lethargy and exhaustion
  • Acid reflux (GERD)
  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches (especially in the morning)
  • Waking with a dry mouth or a sore throat

We will discuss all of your symptoms with you when making a diagnosis and customizing your treatment plan.

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Advantages of Treatment

If you have been suffering with sleep apnea for years, you may have forgotten just how good a full night’s sleep can make you feel.

Continuous Sleep

Fall asleep and actually stay asleep for consecutive hours so your mind and body can enter deep sleep mode.

Daytime Energy

Wake up feeling refreshed and energized. Feel alert and focused during all of your daily activities. Be productive and engaged.

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Improved Relationships

Stop keeping your loved ones up at night with your snoring and gasping. Regain clarity of mind for better conversation and patience.

Better Health

Decrease and eliminate the health risks associated with prolonged sleep apnea.

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Sleep Apnea Solutions

We offer a variety of sleep apnea treatments:

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Oral Appliance Therapy

An oral appliance may be all you need to keep your airway clear and open while you sleep. An oral appliance is a mouthguard that prevents your jaw and tongue from obstructing your airway.

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CPAP Device

A CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is a mask that fits over your nose and mouth and applies mild pressure on your airway to keep it open while you sleep. The CPAP provides immediate results and relief when worn consistently.

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Upper-Airway Surgery

If your sleep apnea is caused by a deviated septum or an excess of soft tissue in your throat, surgery can repair or remove the obstruction. However, we usually recommend you try other non-invasive treatments first.

We will carefully assess your unique case of sleep apnea and determine the solution that is 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 clear 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 that 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 are concerned you might be suffering from sleep apnea, schedule a free thirty-minute consultation with us today. We will discuss your symptoms, risks, and questions.

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