If something were blocking your much-needed oxygen, would you do something about it? At his dentistry office in Indianapolis, IN, Dr. Timothy Adams works with patients suffering with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a common sleep disorder which deprives sufferers of the very air they breathe. Learn how Dr. Adams' helps with oral appliance therapy.
The details on Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine states that 25 million American adults have a problem called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Characterized by loud snoring, multiple breathing pauses and micro-arousals lasting seconds, OSA threatens systemic health, daytime productivity and family relationships.
Diagnosed by a sleep physician and treated by your dentist, Dr. Timothy Adams in Indianapolis, sleep apnea can be managed successfully. Risk factor management helps achieve the goal of healthful sleep as does using a CPAP mask and machine and/or an oral appliance.
Risk factors for sleep apnea
Most OSA sufferers are males of middle age and up. Large neck circumference and obesity contribute to the problem as does:
- Immoderate alcohol consumption
- Use of tranquilizers
- Big tonsils
Health problems associated with sleep apnea
True sleep apnea changes your body. You may develop hypertension, type-2 diabetes, depression, anxiety, fatty liver disease, sexual dysfunction or other health issues. Additionally, you may have trouble with your memory and concentration. Motor vehicle accidents and workplace injuries are common among people who have sleep apnea.
How Dr. Adams can help
An expert in neuromuscular and sleep dentistry, Dr. Adams sees sleep apnea patients in his Indianapolis office. Sadly, many OSA sufferers cannot tolerate the noise and mask associated with CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). The alternative, or a suitable add-on, is a customized oral appliance.
Made of comfortable and durable acrylic, an oral appliance repositions the lower jaw. Worn throughout the night, your device will open your airway and keep it open as you sleep, significantly reducing snoring and getting you the oxygen you need to really rest.
Patients see a reduction in their mood problems and adverse physical effects linked to their sleep disorders. Oral appliance therapy is a simple and elegant solution that patients readily use.
Get more information
To feel like yourself again, come to Dr. Timothy Adams' Indianapolis office for a consultation on sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy could help you. Call us at (317) 580-9222.