How Can Sleep Apnea Treatment Help?
Have you been feeling daytime fatigue despite sleeping for at least eight hours? Does your partner tell you that you snore loudly while sleeping? If so, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Dr. Heath Montgomery and his team offer patients in Santa Barbara sleep apnea treatment to help them achieve a full night's rest.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disorder that disrupts the respiratory system and prevents a person from entering the REM cycle of sleep, one of the most important stages for achieving a restful slumber. Sleep apnea causes pauses in breathing, preventing oxygen flow to the brain and leading to many other complications if gone untreated.
Sleep apnea is diagnosed under three categories:
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which occurs much more commonly, happens when a patient experiences a physical blockage of their pathway while sleeping, usually caused by the collapse of soft tissues in the throat.
Central Sleep Apnea occurs when the brain fails to send the correct signals to the respiratory system to maintain proper breathing patterns while sleeping.
Complex Sleep Apnea may occur when a patient experiences both OSA and central sleep apnea at the same time.
Side effects of sleep apnea can result in daytime fatigue, increased blood pressure, and heart failure in extreme cases, as well as increase an individual’s susceptibility to medical complications such as heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Receiving treatment for sleep apnea is as easy as visiting our office in Santa Barbara.
Treating Sleep Apnea without a CPAP
While many healthcare professionals suggest the use of a CPAP machine, this device can often be uncomfortable for you, as well as disrupt those sleeping around you. As an alternative solution for milder cases, qualified patients can receive an oral appliance that can adjust the fitting of the jaw to encourage the optimal position for breathing normally.
Oral appliances come in many variations and are custom-fitted to each individual’s bite for maximum comfort. This solution makes it incredibly easy to pack your appliance for traveling and easy storage.
Find relief from sleep apnea with sleep apnea therapy. Call or visit our practice and schedule a consultation with Dr. Montgomery to determine if a sleep apnea device can help you.