Sleep Apnea

Are You At Risk?

The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, which affects upwards of 45 million Americans. This is caused by a blockage of the airway due to a collapse of the soft tissue at the back of the throat during sleep.

People with OSA snore and repeatedly experience brief interruptions of breathing (apnea) during sleep, otherwise known as sleep apnea or sleep disordered breathing.
This may occur hundreds of times during sleep, which deprives the brain and other vital organs of life-sustaining oxygen.

What are the common symptoms OSA?

Common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) include:
– Awakening due to gasping or choking
– Restless sleep
– Memory impairment
– Morning headaches
– Morning sore throat or dry mouth
– Frequent nocturnal urination
– Erectile dysfunction

Once diagnosed, sleep apnea can be successfully treated.
Treatment can restore normal breathing during sleep, reduce stress on your heart, relieve symptoms, and improve quality of life.

How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?

  • Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours (new age category)
  • Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours (new age category)

What Is An At Home Sleep Test? (WatchPAT)

WatchPAT is an FDA-approved portable diagnostic device that uses the most innovative technology to ensure accurate screening, detection, and follow-up of sleep apnea. Its ease of use is unparalleled in the marketplace and it is greatly complemented by the fact that WatchPAT testing is done in the comfort of your own bedroom; an environment that best reflects the pattern of your sleep habits.

WatchPAT Measures 6 Channels

  • PAT—Peripheral Arterial Tone, which is a physiological signal that mirrors changes in the autonomic nervous system caused by respiratory disturbances during sleep.
  • Oximetry—the measurement of oxygen levels in the blood.
  • Actigraphy—the measurement of body movement while sleeping.
  • Heart Rate—the number of heart beats per minute while sleeping.
  • Body Position—notes whether you sleep on your back (supine), front (prone) or side, all which influence apnea.
  • Snoring Intensity (dB)—loud snoring is a major indicator of sleep apnea.

 


Treating Sleep Apnea With A Small Oral Appliance

While the way a CPAP works to help you keep breathing seems fairly obvious – using air pressure to hold your airway open – an oral appliance may seem a little bit more mysterious. How can a tiny oral appliance keep your airway from closing – especially when you are fast asleep

It’s actually pretty simple:
Both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are caused by a collapse of the soft tissues or the tongue into the airway, blocking it and keeping you from taking a proper breath. But more and more research is showing that oral appliances like the ProSomnus Sleep and Snore Devices work amazingly well by gently advancing your lower jaw and keeping it in a slightly forward position.

Detailed Information: https://prosomnus.com/patient-products/ 

Getting Started, With Carabelli Dental and Snooze Sleep Center

Financing Options: Care Credit

Medical Insurance: We accept most private health insurance plans.

Steps:

1) Call (575) 622-4455 or visit us at 824 N Main St in Roswell to set up your consultation appointment
2) Complete your customized WatchPAT Sleep Test in the convenience and comfort of your home
3) Receive your Sleep Study results
4) Request your Oral Sleep Appliance for a more productive and satisfying nights sleep