Sleep apnea is a serious and sometimes life threatening condition. Two types of sleep apnea exist. At Dr. Sean Drower’s office, we treat the most common kind, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with appliance therapy. OSA is characterized by the obstruction of your airway while you sleep. Because you stop breathing, your brain alerts you to wake up and begin breathing again. The constant need to awaken may happen without you even realizing it.
The diagnosis of sleep apnea must be made by your physician in conjunction with an accredited sleep study clinic.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Daytime fatigue
- Loud snoring
- Difficulty concentrating
- Abrupt awakening
Once you have received your diagnosis, your doctor will recommend treatment for your sleep apnea condition. Usually, the first line of treatment is the CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine. While some patients tolerate the CPAP quite well, other patients have difficulty adjusting to it. At Dr. Sean Drower’s office, we offer an alternative treatment to the CPAP machine.
Out nightguards are specially designed and custom made to treat your sleep apnea. They are comfortable and many of our patients rave about their effectiveness.
If you have questions about if a nightguard will work for you, call our Keene, NH office for an evaluation.