Enjoy Healthier, Happier Days and Nights
Do you or your partner snore? Snoring doesn’t only create noisy nights, but it indicates that your breathing is compromised. Snoring can be a symptom of a more serious health condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) that amazingly most of those patients don’t even know they have! Snoring occurs when the tongue and other soft tissues partially obstruct the airway. The air is forced through a small opening, which creates the all too familiar snoring sound. Fully obstructed airways cause you to repeatedly stop breathing every night. If you snore, it’s time to complete a sleep study, so our team at Caven Dental Group can help with personalized sleep apnea treatment in Jacksonville, FL! Sleep should be a replenishing activity that helps you recuperate from stress and repair your body. Don’t let OSA leave you struggling and fighting all night! Schedule your consultation with our team today.
Don’t Ignore the Snore!
Snoring can be a serious problem. In addition to being an indicator of potential sleep apnea and decreased quality of life, snoring is very disruptive to marriages! If you or a partner chronically snore, sleep apnea might be the reason. Not to be ignored are the numerous side effects caused by chronic oxygen deprivation, including:
Understanding Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is when the tongue and other soft tissues completely block the airway and an individual stops breathing during sleep, often for 10 seconds or more. This will occur dozens of times an hour. Some of our patients have even stopped breathing for 2 minutes and 27 seconds! During this cessation in breathing, the body is deprived of oxygen, disturbing your sleep patterns and REM sleep, which is vital for your physical and mental health. People awake exhausted, feel depressed, forgetful, and generally perform poorly due to the lack of oxygen and replenishing sleep.
Helping You Overcome Sleep Apnea
We’re committed to helping you enjoy all the benefits of more restful nights and more productive, energetic days. Our office is equipped to help you get the diagnosis you need to begin getting treatment. The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is the classic tool you can use to assess potential risk for sleep apnea. A score of 11 or higher suggests that you may have a sleeping disorder such as sleep apnea and is a good indicator you need a sleep study. Once completed, we can evaluate the results of your sleep study and determine the best sleep apnea treatment in Jacksonville, FL for your situation. If you are concerned about your spouse or partner, the Sleep Observer Scale is a good screening tool also. Our experienced dentist, Dr. Richard Caven, has developed a strong relationship with local sleep clinics to help make your experience as easy and as comfortable as possible.
Safeguard Your Health with Personalized Treatment
When you have a sleep apnea diagnosis, you have multiple treatment methods available. The gold standard and most effective is a CPAP machine. These devices can correct even the most severe cases of sleep apnea. If you are CPAP intolerant, we can fabricate an oral appliance that will open your airway and help to reduce the severity of your condition. The Oral Appliances that we make are completely customized and are of the highest quality. Compliance, effectiveness, and satisfaction are very high with this treatment. Other treatment options can be losing weight, changing your sleeping posture, avoiding medications like sedatives, reducing nighttime alcohol consumption, and invasive surgery that removes your uvula and soft palate, or maybe even more invasive. With the proper treatment for your situation, you’ll begin to experience more energy during the day and quieter, more restful sleep at night!
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