Sleep Apnea Treatment – Wakefield, MA
For a Comfortable and
Sleep is something that everyone needs, but we often take it for granted. Restless nights can leave you unproductive and unfocused the next day, which can affect you both personally and professionally. If you’re struggling with chronic snoring and lack of sleep, you may have sleep apnea. This sleeping disorder affects over 10 million people, and it’s estimated that 80% of its cases are undiagnosed. So, how do you know if you have it and what can you do to help? Thankfully, Dr. Rob Schumacher is an expert at identifying this sleeping disorder, and he is experienced in providing sleep apnea treatment in Wakefield.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition in which the patient stops breathing for 10 seconds or longer during sleep. While there are different types of sleep apnea, one of the most common is obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). In many cases, the contributing factor in OSAS is blockage in the airway from the tongue or lower jaw.
Why is Sleep Apnea Dangerous?
The cycle of sleeping and waking caused by sleep apnea leads to a range of serious issues from daytime drowsiness and moodiness, to difficulty concentrating and memory loss. Sleep apnea patients face an increased risk of high blood pressure and accidents at work, at home, or behind the wheel.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Because the majority of OSAS cases are undiagnosed, it’s important for you or your partner to recognize the most common signs and symptoms of this sleeping disorder:
- Loud snoring
- Inconsistent breathing during sleep
- Awakening with a dry mouth
- Gasping for air during sleep
- Headaches in the morning
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Daytime drowsiness
- Moodiness and lack of sex drive
If you, your partner, or a family member notices any of these symptoms, you should contact Dr. Schumacher right away. He will be able to properly diagnose your sleep apnea and provide the treatment that you need for a better night’s sleep.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
There are 2 main types of treatment for sleep apnea:
In the past, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine was the solution for OSAS. CPAP machines use nasal masks and steady streams of air to keep airways open during sleep. Many patients experienced side effects with CPAP that aren’t ideal for sleeping.
That’s why the most popular form of treatment is oral appliance therapy. Your appliance is custom-made to reposition your tongue or lower jaw. As a result, air reaches the lungs without being cut off. Oral appliance therapy also helps patients who struggle with snoring. In fact, snoring and sleep apnea often go hand-in-hand. A patient who struggles with severe snoring may have an undiagnosed case of sleep apnea and should consider seeking treatment. Oral appliances position your jaw and tongue in a way that promotes sleep and helps prevent snoring.
Call our office in Wakefield to learn more about sleep apnea and your treatment options. We are ready to answer any questions you may have and look forward to helping you get the sleep that you need.