Do you wake up in the morning after what you thought was a restful night’s sleep feeling exhausted, suffering from lingering headaches and a lack of concentration? If so, you may suffer from sleep apnea, a disorder that causes patients to stop breathing for periods of time while they sleep. Dr. Jeffrey S. Kearney can provide relief from sleep apnea through innovative treatments provided at his Cary practice. To learn more about our effective sleep apnea treatments, contact us today.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when the throat muscles relax and obstruct air flow while you sleep. When this happens, the brain fires off a signal that the body is not inhaling adequate oxygen, and will eventually cause a patient to gasp for air. Because this may happen frequently throughout the night and may not cause a patient to fully awaken, many patients have no recollection of these disruptions. Snoring is the most apparent sign of sleep apnea. Over time, sleep apnea can increase your risk of heart disease and other serious conditions.
Sleep Apnea Treatments
Dr. Kearney treats patients suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea using specialized oral appliances. Similar in form to athletic mouth guards, these types of appliances are intended to keep the airways open during sleep. In addition, these devices treat snoring and cushion the teeth, which prevents patients from teeth grinding and snoring. Different oral appliance options include:
- MicrO2®: The MicrO2 mouthpiece moves the lower jaw forward and gently opens your bite for improved breathing.
- Respire Blue®: This mouthpiece has a comfortable fit which encourages compliance and is easily adjusted for optimal positioning. It allows patients to comfortably speak and yawn while preventing obstruction of the airways.
- The Moses®: This mouthpiece gently prevents the tongue from interfering with your breathing.
- EMA: Appropriate for treatment of TMJ disorder, sleep apnea, and snoring, this adjustable appliance comfortably aligns the jaws and allows them to move comfortably. It is often prescribed to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder patients.
For individuals with mild to moderate sleep apnea, oral appliances are great treatment options. Continuous airway pressure (CPAP) machines may not be necessary for these milder forms of sleep apnea. For patients who display moderate or severe sleep apnea, Dr. Kearney will recommend that they visit a sleep specialist in the area. A sleep specialist can further determine the severity of sleep apnea and provide treatment options including CPAP therapy.
Candidates for Treatment
Common symptoms of sleep apnea may include:
- Loud snoring
- Sudden stopping and starting of breathing during sleep
- Daily exhaustion
- Morning headaches that linger
- Irritability and mood swings
- Difficulty concentrating
Visit Us Today
If you experience daily exhaustion and other unpleasant side effects of sleep apnea, contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kearney. He can help you find relief from sleep apnea by prescribing a treatment option that works for your unique needs and lifestyle.