Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can cause hundreds of interruptions to your sleep each night. The condition occurs when your airways become blocked while you sleep. To resume normal breathing, you will wake, either fully or partially. Dr. Hopkin understands the far-reaching current and future effects of OSA and offers effective sleep apnea treatment procedures at his Salt Lake City, UT, practice. He can address the condition using non-invasive, custom-made oral appliances. With his personalized care, you can enjoy improved breathing patterns and overall increased physical health.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a fairly common condition, and experts are becoming more aware of its prevalence among American adults. If you suffer from OSA, the tissues of your soft palate or throat will relax while you sleep. As the soft tissues loosen and sag, they will block your throat so that air cannot pass through normally. In some cases, your tongue may relax back into the throat, having a similar effect.
When your airways are blocked, your brain will signal your body to wake so that you can start breathing normally. Though you may be unaware of these interruptions, you could stop breathing and wake dozens or even hundreds of times each night. Men, women, and children can all suffer from sleep apnea. However, the condition is most likely to affect middle-aged men, overweight patients, individuals, and or those with a narrow neck circumference.
Because you may not be aware that you are not properly sleeping, your symptoms may be the clearest indications of your condition. These effects may include:
If you suffer from the symptoms of sleep apnea you should seek treatment quickly. This condition has been tied to serious health risks that can take a significant toll on your quality of life
Sleep apnea can affect your mood, relationships with others, and general quality of life. Additionally, it can also have serious consequences for your long-term wellness. Many studies have linked OSA to an increased risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. The condition can also make it difficult to keep your blood sugar under control if you suffer from diabetes. Fortunately, our oral appliances are highly effective. You could enjoy improved sleep after just a few nights, and other health risks may also quickly diminish.
Sleep apnea can affect your mood, relationships with others, and general quality of life.
If you present with any of the symptoms of sleep apnea, Dr. Hopkin may recommend a home sleep study, or he may refer you to a sleep clinic for a conclusive diagnosis. If you are indeed suffering from OSA, he can provide a custom-made oral appliance. This device will fit comfortably over your teeth, placing a gentle pressure on your lower jaw. As your jaw slightly protrudes forward, your soft palate will tighten so that it no longer droops into your throat. Your oral appliance will be small and convenient for more silent nights. Many patients who are unable to benefit from CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy can take advantage of a comfortable oral appliance.
Dr. Hopkin can provide non-invasive therapeutic treatment for sleep apnea that can have positive effects on your life almost immediately. Do not put off sleep apnea treatment until it begins to affect your overall quality of life. Seek treatment today. Contact our office online or call (801) 277-3942 to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Hopkin.