Sleep Apnea Treatment Middlebury CT
There is a wide range of conditions that can develop an impact on one’s health. This includes sleeping disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that results in the patient’s inability to breathe properly through the night. A blockage in the airway can cause an individual to stop breathing hundreds of times during their sleep, resulting in serious side effects. Dr. Arsalan Elahi and his team in Middlebury, CT, are dedicated to not only providing a diagnosis of this condition but effective treatment options.
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
When the airways of the mouth are blocked, it can cause patients to become unable to breathe properly. This condition, sometimes referred to as OSA, causes patients to experience the signs of sleep deprivation as they are unable to reach the deep, restorative levels of sleep they need to look and feel their best. This condition may be spotted by a sleeping partner that notices gasping and inconsistent breathing patterns. Other times, it may be caught by symptoms such as:
- Constant waking/insomnia
- Difficulty concentration during the day
- Poor memory
- Daytime fatigue
- Morning dry mouth
- Chronic headaches
With a definitive diagnosis, patients can then work with a provider to find treatment.
CPAP versus oral appliance
Patients who undergo a sleep study with their physician and are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea will often be recommended treatment using a CPAP device. This is a device that keeps the airways open when patients wear a mask over the nose and mouth as they sleep. Unfortunately, this device can be extremely uncomfortable, causing patients to stop using it.
Instead, our team may suggest a comfortable alternative known as an oral appliance. Oral appliance therapy uses a special mouthguard that patients wear at night to maintain open airways. It ensures alignment of the jaw and holds down the tongue to allow patients the ability to breathe throughout the night. These appliances are custom made and much more comfortable for patients to use.
Learn more about controlling sleep apnea for a better night’s rest.
Contact Dr. Arsalan Elahi and the team at Middlebury Dental Center to discuss your needs. The office is located at 1625 Straits Turnpike, Ste. #210, and is accepting patients. Call (203) 599-0048 to request a consultation visit with our staff.