Sleep Apnea Treatment in Indianapolis
Sleep apnea Indianapolis dentist, W. Michael Princell, DDS, can help you obtain a more restful night’s sleep. Whether you’re suffering from loud snoring or sleep apnea, our practice examines and treats patients with disruptive sleep disorders.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder, where you experience one or more shallow breaths or pauses in breathing while sleeping. These interruptions can last for several minutes and are followed by normal breathing after a choking sound or loud snort. This chronic condition moves a sleep apnea sufferer out of their deep sleep, causing a lack of a completely restful night’s sleep.
The quality of rest that a sleep apnea sufferer experiences is poor, which often leads to daytime sleepiness and irritability. If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in increased high blood pressure, heart attack, or even stroke.
Symptoms of sleep apnea
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. If you suspect sleep apnea may be the cause, schedule a consultation to start your way to a better night’s sleep. Symptoms include:
- Loud snoring
- Inability to focus
- Abrupt awakenings, followed by panting
- Awakening with a sore throat or dry mouth
How do I get help for my sleep apnea?
If you or a loved one suspect to be suffering from sleep apnea, Dr. Princell will first perform an in-office exam, to determine whether you’re a candidate for sleep disorder therapy. If there is reason for concern, Dr. Princell will refer you to your physician, or a local sleep specialist who can perform a sleep study and provide further diagnosis. Upon returning to our office, we’ll be able to determine the degree of your sleep apnea and how to best treat it.
After obtaining your diagnosis, we’ll know whether to start you with oral appliance therapy, a CPAP machine, or a combination of the two. Initially, we start all mild to moderate sleep apnea sufferers with oral appliance therapy. This entails being fit for a dental appliance in our office. If, after a 6-month trial period, you’re unable or unwilling to wear the device, we can assign you a CPAP machine to alleviate your symptoms.
Patients who have severe cases of sleep apnea can combine both oral appliance therapy with a CPAP machine for more aggressive treatment.
Relief for loud snoring
In addition to treating patients suffering from sleep apnea, W. Michael Princell, DDS can help loud snorers experience a more restful night’s sleep with a snore appliance. These devices help patients experience improved sleep, resulting in higher levels of productivity and improved overall health.
As an Indianapolis sleep apnea dentist, Dr. Princell has helped many patients obtain more restful sleep. Schedule an exam today, to see if you’re a candidate for sleep apnea therapy! Contact us!