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Sleep Apnea Therapy – Rochester, MN

Helping You Get The Sleep You Need

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If you have trouble sleeping at night and wake up feeling drowsy and fatigued throughout the day, you’re not alone. It could be that you are suffering from sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder experienced by millions of Americans. When it comes to diagnosing sleep apnea, it can be extremely difficult because many of the tried and true symptoms only occur at night while you’re asleep. Often misdiagnosed or undiagnosed, sleep apnea can lead to serious health conditions such as heart attack or stroke. At Gentling Dental, we can help you get the sleep you in with sleep apnea therapy in Rochester. Don’t struggle to get out of bed anymore because of lack of sleep. Call and schedule an appointment with us today.

What is Sleep Apnea?

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Affecting more than 22 million adults in the United States, sleep apnea occurs when your airway is blocked and breathing ceases for 10 or more seconds. This can happen once or hundreds of times each night. When this happens, your brain is triggered and tries to alert your body to wake up. This rise in blood pressure can be dangerous, especially if it happens over and over again.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep apnea, and it can cause serious problems with your overall health. In the most severe cases that are left untreated, OSA can lead to sudden death.

What Are the Common Symptoms?

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Since some of the symptoms most closely associated with sleep apnea occur at night, it can be difficult to know if you have the disorder. However, if you have a partner, they may be able to tell you if you snore extremely loud or if you stop breathing throughout the night. There are other ways you can tell if you might be suffering from sleep apnea. These include:

  • Chronic fatigue (difficulty staying awake throughout the day)
  • Irritability
  • Memory loss
  • Gasping for air when you wake at night
  • Morning headaches
  • Sore or dry throat
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia

How Can a Dentist Treat Sleep Apnea?

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While it may seem hopeless, there are treatment options for sleep apnea! Your dentist in Rochester is highly skilled and trained in treating individuals who experience difficulty sleeping. Millions of Americans use CPAP therapy, and although effective, its bulkiness can make it difficult and uncomfortable to wear. This is why we offer oral appliance therapy! This small, compact, and portable device is worn in your mouth while sleeping. It is customized to your mouth and helps to keep your airway open and unobstructed. With this device, you’ll begin to experience a more restful night’s sleep and significantly lessen your chances of developing serious health complications.