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Did your sleep study reveal that you have sleep apnea? A dentist in Wichita, KS might be able to help

If you have been finding yourself waking up repeatedly in the night from snoring and you feel lethargic and unwell every day, you may need to visit a specialist in Wichita, KS for a sleep study. When your sleep study reveals that you have sleep apnea, you will need treatment in order to regain healthy sleep habits and a normal, vibrant life again.

Sleep apnea is a medical condition that causes a person to stop breathing while he or she is sleeping. In rare cases, it may be caused by a neurological condition, but most of the time, people with sleep apnea experience interrupted breathing because of an obstruction. Obstructive sleep apnea is usually a result of soft tissues in the throat collapsing and blocking the airway while someone is sleeping. This results in a loss of oxygen that will force the person to wake up and resume breathing. Often, you may not even consciously wake up, but whether you know it or not, your sleep will have been interrupted, leaving you feeling exhausted throughout the next day.

Since this condition interrupts your breathing, it can lead to headaches, impaired concentration levels, depression, and other health problems. Doctors may suggest treatment using a CPAP machine that will provide a constant airflow throughout the night. However, many people don’t like this method of treatment because it can be uncomfortable and restrict their ability to spend the night away from home without carrying their CPAP machine with them. This is why dentists in Wichita offer an alternative treatment.

At our office, we can provide a special oral appliance that will fit over your teeth in such a way that it will keep your jaw aligned so that your airway can naturally stay open throughout the night. This should effectively stop the soft tissue collapse in many cases of obstructive sleep apnea. If you need to find a treatment for your sleep apnea, call (316) 686-7395 today to find out if an oral appliance provided by one of our dentists could work well for you.

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