Welcome to St. Louis Sleep Apnea Treatment
Obstructive sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that is characterized by abnormal lapses in breathing while asleep; these lapses in breathing are known as “apnea events”. When someone is suffering with sleep apnea they can literally stop breathing up to 30 times in a single hour, and these apnea events can last up to a minute at a time. Most people just associate sleep apnea with snoring, but the improper breathing is what is much more dangerous to one’s health.
Sleep apnea can trigger many further health complications down the road if left untreated. Heart issues, increased chance of stroke, high blood pressure, memory problems, and obesity are just a few of the health problems that can arise. The American Heart Association likens untreated sleep apnea to that of smoking cigarettes.
The lack of proper oxygen to the body’s primary organ systems are what bring upon these health issues. When someone with sleep apnea falls asleep the muscles in the back of the throat, mostly the tongue, loosen and collapse. This collapse causes on obstruction to the airway that restricts proper breathing. This causes the body to not intake the proper amount of oxygen, while at the same time not allowing the body to purge the proper amount of harmful carbon dioxide. This results in a tremendous amount of pressure and stress to major organ systems like the brain and heart!
So what can be done to treat this condition? There are three primary options for seeking sleep apnea treatment: CPAP Therapy, Oral Appliance Therapy, and Oral Surgery. Depending on the severity of the apnea will decide which course of action would be best for treatment.
Many people that fall under the mild-moderate cases would be best suited with an oral appliance. This is akin to wearing a mouthpiece to sleep that will help keep the airway open for optimal breathing. Typically a dentist will help to craft a custom oral appliance for sleep apnea treatment.
About Dr. Postol
In Ballwin MO, the top sleep apnea doctor is Kevin Postol; a dentist who is highly trained and experienced in Dental Sleep Medicine and Oral Appliance Therapy. A member of The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine he is constantly up to date with the best treatment options in oral appliance therapy.
Through oral appliance therapy Dr. Postol is able to help create and fit a custom sleep appliance that will help you stop snoring and get quality sleep. The benefits of treating sleep apnea are tremendous both from a personal and health standpoint.
Imagine no longer sleeping on the couch? Imagine the ease of mind knowing you are not further damaging your health when you sleep?
For people living in the greater St. Louis area around Ballwin contact Dr. Postol today to see if his sleep apnea treatment can help you find quality sleep and peace of mind.