Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that affects millions of Americans. Many are not even aware they have it! Dr. Sameet Koppikar of Biltmore Dental Center in Phoenix, Arizona helps many patients obtain a proper diagnosis and enjoy effective treatment without the use of a CPAP machine.
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is as a condition that results in a blockage in the airway that keeps patients from reaching the deep, restorative levels of sleep required to feel their best. Obstructive sleep apnea is common, and many patients are unaware they have it. Symptoms of this condition include:
- Fatigue during the day
- Waking up several times a night
- Headaches upon waking
- Dry mouth upon waking
- Difficulty concentrating during the day
- Poor memory
The blockage in the airways varies. It may be due to a poorly aligned jaw, excess fat around the neck area, or even the tongue falling back into the throat. When the airway is blocked, patients are unable to breathe and they partially wake up. This cycle can occur hundreds of time in one night, making it impossible for patients to get a good night’s sleep.
A traditional physician may suggest the use of a CPAP machine. This has a mask worn over the mouth and nose providing air pressure to keep the airways open. However, oral appliance therapy is becoming more popular as the mouth guard is comfortable to wear and provides better compliance.
A consultation is just a phone call away!
Dr. Sameet Koppikar and the skilled team at Biltmore Dental Center work with patients to help them decide if oral appliance therapy is right for them when it comes to treatment of their obstructive sleep apnea. Call us at (602) 954-8200 today to book an appointment.