Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Family members are usually the first ones to notice a person’s symptoms for sleep apnea. These generally include loud snoring or gasping for air during sleep. Other symptoms include:

  • Headaches in the early morning
  • Frequent visits to bathroom during night
  • Waking frequently during the night
  • Mood problems
  • Poor memory
  • Sore throat in the morning
  • Heavy snoring
  • Stop breathing when asleep and/or gasping for breath while asleep
  • Jerking or kicking your legs at night (restless leg syndrome)

Sleep Apnea in Denver, CO | Downtown Denver DentistAre you tired during the day on a regular basis? Have you been told that you snore? You may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder in which a person’s sleep is disrupted because of issues with breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep apnea and is caused when the airway is blocked. Sleep apnea affects people of all ages and genders, but is more prevalent in men. Snoring is commonly associated with sleep apnea, and can be one of the first signs of the disorder. Dr. Radz has received advanced training and is available to provide sleep apnea therapy in Denver conservatively and effectively.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can be responsible for numerous health problems in addition to chronic tiredness. These health problems can include high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure and cardiovascular disease, depression, erectile dysfunction, and memory and concentration impairment

Sleep Apnea Therapy

Dr. Radz utilizes minimally invasive techniques to help treat sleep apnea patients in Denver. Working in conjunction with medical experts in the area of sleep disorders, Dr. Radz will create a custom dental appliance that will allow for the airway to stay open during sleep.The result is improved sleep and improved quality of life.

Sleep Apnea & Snoring Mouthpiece: A CPAP Alternative

Oral appliance therapy is an option for those patients that are unable to tolerate a CPAP machine. If you have tried to remedy your sleep apnea with a CPAP machine you may have objected to:

  • Mask discomfort
  • CPAP machine noise
  • Dry mouth or nasal congestion
  • Feelings of claustrophobia

Managing sleep apnea with a CPAP machine is simply not an option for many patients. This is why the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has approved the use of custom-made oral appliances for the treatmentof mild to moderate OSA. These oral appliances, designed by SomnoMed, custom-fitted to help Denver patients get a full night’s rest and minimize the effects of sleep apnea and snoring.

Sleep Apnea Causes

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused when the muscles in the back of your throat relax and cause the airway to collapse. When this occurs, this may lower the level of oxygen in your blood, causing your brain to force you to awaken. When you awaken you may not even be aware that your sleep was disrupted. Although many people with obstructive sleep apnea think they actually sleep well at night, these disruptions actually impair their ability to reach deep, restful phases of sleep. Sleep apnea, like high blood pressure, is difficult if not impossible to identify without proper testing. And like high blood pressure can have a significant impact on your long term health.

Many sufferers of sleep apnea are overweight, thus contributing to their disorder. Having excess weight in your neck or abdomen can compress the breathing muscles and cause cessation of breathing. Conservative treatments of sleep apnea include weight loss to prevent issues with excess neck weight from increasing symptoms.

Get Sleep Apnea Treatment in Denver

Sleep apnea self-test available to help you determine if you have the symptoms of sleep apnea.

Contact the office of Dr. Radz today to learn more about the SomnoMed sleep apnea treatments available to you

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Sleep Apnea Testimonials

Kaiser P. referred me to Dr. Radz for an oral sleep appliance as an alternative treatment for sleep apnea (I have been using a CPAP for 2 years and wanted to explore the oral appliance…). The oral appliance would also be more convenient for travel as well as easier to use than the CPAP. The oral sleep appliance is made by Somnodent.


 

I met primarily with Lori, dental assistant, who worked under the supervision of Dr Radz. Lori was most gracious and welcoming during our office and phone consultations . Her professionalism was demonstrated by her attention to detail in making sure that the impressions were accurate, that the fitting was comfortable and that the adjustments maximized the oral appliance’s effectiveness in treating my sleep apnea.


 

Lori was responsive to telephone contact regarding my gradual adaptation to effectively using the oral appliance. To be honest, there was doubt as to whether I would be an appropriate candidate for the oral appliance. Nonetheless, I was highly motivated to succeed.


 

My follow up sleep study had an AHI score of 3.8 with an oxygen level of 90.7. This score is rated as “very good.”


 

Yes, I am happy to say I’m a success story.


 

Thank you Dr Radz and Lori for your skill, diligence and patience in providing a successful treatment alternative.


 

I was supposed to report back with results from my post-dental-appliance sleep study. Great news: I’ve moved from severe sleep apnea to virtually none! My Apena Hypopnea Index is 3.3/hour – 6.0 on my back, .6 off my back. That’s a far cry from 32, where I was before. I’ll see you at my follow up in a few months.


 

Lori – This is to let you know how appreciative I am of your assistance, along with Dr. Gary Radz, in setting up my use of the SomnoMed dental device for my sleep apnea. This has been a great improvement over the CPAP machine system, and I feel alot better sleeping. Thanks for the assistance. Myron E

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