A good night’s sleep is essential for our overall health and well-being. However, for individuals with sleep apnea, this restful experience is disrupted by breathing difficulties that can significantly affect their health. Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. These interruptions in breathing can occur repeatedly throughout the night and last for a few seconds to minutes. Sleep apnea disrupts the normal sleep cycle, leading to poor sleep quality and health issues. Fortunately, several effective treatment options are available at Briarwood Family Dentistry, to manage and alleviate sleep apnea symptoms.

The Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Snoring is often a prominent symptom of sleep apnea, especially in cases of obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Individuals with sleep apnea often experience excessive sleepiness during the day, regardless of how much sleep they have had.
  • Waking up with frequent headaches or a dry mouth can indicate sleep apnea.
  • Sleep apnea can lead to difficulties in concentration, memory problems, and a general feeling of mental fog.
  • Sleep deprivation caused by sleep apnea can contribute to irritability, mood swings, and decreased quality of life.

Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Therapy

CPAP therapy is the gold standard treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It involves wearing a mask over the nose or nose and mouth while sleeping. The mask is connected to a machine that delivers a continuous flow of pressurized air, which helps keep the airway open. CPAP therapy effectively prevents pauses in breathing and reduces snoring. It is highly effective when used consistently and correctly.

Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral appliances are custom-made devices that are worn during sleep. They help reposition the jaw, tongue, and soft tissues to keep the airway open. Oral appliances are typically recommended for mild to moderate sleep apnea or individuals who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy. These devices are comfortable and portable, offering convenience and ease of use.

Lifestyle Modifications

Making lifestyle changes can help alleviate sleep apnea symptoms. These include losing weight, exercising regularly, avoiding alcohol and sedatives, and sleeping on your side.


In some cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to correct structural issues contributing to sleep apnea. Surgical options include removing excess tissue from the throat, repositioning the jaw, or placing implants to support the airway.

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that can significantly impact your quality of life and overall health. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea is crucial for timely diagnosis and treatment. If you suspect you or a loved one may have sleep apnea, visit Briarwood Family Dentistry at 15901 E Briarwood Cir Unit 350, Aurora, CO 80016, or call (303) 680-6000 to determine the most appropriate treatment option for your specific case of sleep apnea.

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