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Find Out if You’re Suffering From Sleep Apnea

Find Out if You’re Suffering From Sleep Apnea

The only way to get an accurate diagnosis for sleep apnea is to have a sleep study. Also known as a polysomnography, a sleep study is an overnight exam conducted by a specialist.

The results of your sleep study will be reviewed by a physician who will provide an accurate diagnosis. You’ll also be given a prescription for care, allowing you to seek professional treatment from a qualified sleep dentist like Dr. Matthew Boscia.

There are several symptoms and warning signs of sleep apnea. These include:

  • Loud and/or persistent snoring
  • Frequent interruptions to your sleep
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Insomnia (inability to sleep) or hypersomnia (excessive and persistent drowsiness)
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Lack of energy or motivation
  • Irritability
  • Impotence
  • Frequent urination at night
Sleep Apnea and Your Health ST. LOUIS, MO
Sleep Apnea and Your Health ST. LOUIS, MO

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Many people don’t realize they have a problem until snoring becomes an issue or they find they are extremely sleep deprived. Interrupted sleep can take its toll on your well-being and quality of life.

Some of the warning signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:

Health Risks of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea causes significant oxygen deprivation and that’s hazardous to your health. In fact, it dramatically increases your chances of suffering from a life-threatening stroke or heart attack.

Not treating sleep apnea can lead to the following:

  • Obesity
  • Heart Attack
  • Atrial Fibrillation (AFIB)
  • Heart Failure
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Strokes
  • Migraines
  • Heart Disease
  • Impaired Memory
  • Impotence
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Sleep apnea snoring animation

Dental Devices--An Alternative to CPAP

CPAP is commonly prescribed to treat cases of severe sleep apnea. But many of our patients tell us that they’ve stopped using their CPAP machine altogether because it’s loud, restrictive, and difficult to use.

Dr. Boscia frequently treats sleep apnea using a dental device. This is a small device that the patient wears while sleeping to gently reposition the jaw, allowing the airway to remain open so you can breathe freely. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), it’s the first and best alternative to CPAP.

Sleep Apnea and Your Health ST. LOUIS, MO

“The number one treatment for sleep apnea prescribed by physicians is the CPAP.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, that’s what that stands for.”

Managing Sleep Apnea to Improve Your Wellbeing

Sleep apnea doesn’t just affect the quality of your sleep — it diminishes your quality of life. Sleep apnea has also been associated with depression, anxiety, and PTSD. It can sap you of your natural energy and passion for the things you love. Relationships, work, hobbies and the way you relax can all be affected by sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea doesn’t have to control your life any longer. New Creation Dental is here for you. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Matthew Boscia is ready to help you enjoy your life to the fullest.

Call us at (636) 625-1225 to learn more about our sleep apnea care. You’re one step closer to getting refreshing sleep every night.

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