Sleep/Airway

Your Guide to Sleep Apnea in Basalt, CO

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that interrupts your breathing repeatedly while you sleep. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax while you sleep, which blocks the airway and causes shortness of breath.

Throughout the night, your brain repeatedly sends out a signal to wake you up in order to recover oxygen. This causes fatigue, headaches, and irritation the following morning and may cause even more serious side effects like stroke, heart and liver problems, and even death.

Do I Have A Sleep Disorder?

Sleep apnea is characterized by excessive daytime fatigue, snoring, gasping for air, inability to concentrate, and mood swings. Learn more about this disorder, including the risk factors and symptoms associated with it so you can start treatment right away.

Finding Treatment

Many patients are hesitant to seek treatment for snoring or their sleep disorder because they think CPAP is the only option. Though it is effective, most patients actually stop using it altogether because it’s bulky, inconvenient, loud, and can make you feel claustrophobic.

At Elevate Dental Wellness, we combine a holistic approach with treatment methods such as oral appliance therapy and NightLase Therapy, so you’ll have a well-rounded treatment that can address your symptoms and put an end to restless nights.

Reclaim a Good Night’s Rest

Are you ready to enjoy all the benefits of a good night’s rest? It’s time to call Drs. Van Gorden and Steinbach at Elevate Dental Wellness. Our office in Basalt, CO has the care you deserve. Call (970) 279-5647 to schedule your appointment today.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
Are sleep apnea and snoring the same thing?
Can sleep apnea be treated naturally?
Is sleep apnea hereditary?

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

The only way to know if you suffer from sleep apnea is to take a sleep test. This can either be done at a sleep facility by a qualified physician or with a take-home sleep test that’s done in the comfort of your own bed. Once you have a diagnosis, we can begin treatment right away.

The study assesses your breathing patterns as you sleep. It measures your oxygen levels and the quality of your breath — whether it is shallow or labored. The results will determine if you have a sleep disorder and the severity of the condition.

Are sleep apnea and snoring the same thing?

Most people who have sleep apnea snore, but not all snorers have sleep apnea. Loud and frequent snoring is one of the most common signs of the disorder. If you snore, we highly recommend you undergo a sleep study to make sure you don’t have a sleep disorder.

While your snoring may not be sleep apnea, it can still be harmful to you or your sleeping partner. Sleep disorder mouthpieces are also a convenient way to treat snoring so you and your partner can sleep together, peacefully.

Can sleep apnea be treated naturally?

Sleep apnea can be significantly improved with treatment and lifestyle changes, but for best results, it’s usually necessary to combine it with another treatment such as an oral appliance or NightLase therapy to reduce symptoms and prevent health complications.

Is sleep apnea hereditary?

If your parents suffer from a sleep disorder, you’re 50 percent more likely to develop one. Sleep disorders can be caused by a variety of factors, such as a narrowed airway, genetics, excess weight, nasal congestion, and smoking.

Fortunately, Drs. Van Gordon and Steinbach offer several sleep apnea treatments to relieve symptoms and help you get a good night’s rest.

Contact our Basalt office at (970) 279-5647 to schedule a consultation with Drs. Van Gordon or Dr. Steinbach. They’ll review your symptoms and determine whether you’re showing signs of a sleep disorder. If so, we’ll ask you to undergo a sleep test so we can get a better understanding of your condition to provide you with the best possible care.

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