CPAP, otherwise known as continuous positive airway pressure, is a machine that is very popular in the treatment of sleep apnea. What is true, however, is that it is not a good option for everyone. Some people have problems with it, and that’s why we at Alexandria Center of Dentistry are pleased to offer CPAP alternative Alexandria treatments.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your airway becomes obstructed and your breathing either becomes shallow or stops completely during your sleep cycle. It happens multiple times, over and over, possibly up to hundreds of times per night. No matter if the blockage of your airway is partial or complete, your body has to work hard to keep breathing. Some of the common symptoms that are associated with it are being tired during the day even after having a full night’s sleep, night sweats, difficulties waking up in the morning, headaches, dry mouth or sore throat upon waking, waking up in the middle of the night with a sudden feeling of choking or gasping, sexual dysfunction, snoring, and restlessness. Some of the risk factors that are associated with obstructive sleep apnea are being overweight, African-American, Hispanic, or Pacific Islander. The chances of developing it increase with age for men. For women, it’s menopause that acts as the line after which the odds of it are greater. Our CPAP alternative Alexandria can help, but first you must be diagnosed. That means participating in a sleep study, which is an overnight process. When you come in to see our dentist, an evaluation of the results of your study will be made, and after taking into account your specific needs and preferences, a determination is made as to whether our CPAP alternative Alexandria is right for you.
Don’t ignore obstructive sleep apnea. Call our office right now to arrange an appointment.