Sleep Apnea Overview

July 27, 2017 - 3 minutes read

Do you experience serious daytime drowsiness? Do you know that you wake up many times at night? If so, you might be someone who can benefit from a sleep apnea assessment in a formal sleep clinic. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea or OSA, you can then head to Loftus Dental in Rapid City, SD where we can offer comprehensive sleep apnea treatment.

Understanding OSA

Of course, as your preferred dentist in Rapid City, we want you to understand what your condition is doing and how a dental office can help. OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea is as its name implies – a form of sleep apnea where something is obstructing your breathing. What happens is simple – the soft tissue at the top of your throat collapses against the back of the throat. This is what causes that familiar snoring and snorting sound. Sadly, it also stops you from breathing. Most people with the condition may realize they woke up many times, but few realize just how much their sleep is disrupted by the episodes in which they stop breathing.

This causes health issues like high blood pressure, heart issues and much more. It is why sleep apnea treatment is so important. Because it also makes you less clear headed during the day and puts you at risk for falling asleep while working or driving, the need for sleep apnea treatment is an absolute must.

Fortunately, the kind of sleep apnea treatment we can provide is very simple, straightforward and effective. Though you might be dreading the use of special machines known as CPAP machines, we typically use oral appliances as treatment. Made specifically for you, they will align the upper and lower jaws in a way that prevents the soft tissues from closing your airway. It can also help with issues like teeth grinding that is so common to those with OSA, as well.

Want a Better Night’s Sleep? Contact Our Rapid City Dentist for Sleep Apnea Treatment

Don’t suffer with extreme fatigue and a lower quality of life when a simple oral appliance may be all you need to get better. Did this inspire you to seek treatment? If so, feel free to give us a call at our Rapid City, SD office at 605-341-4521. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.