Sleep Apnea in Aspen, CO
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a very complex and potentially life-threatening disease that can be seen in three forms. The most common form we can help treat here at Elevate Dental Wellness is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It occurs at night when the throat muscles and tongue relax and obstruct the airway, preventing proper breathing and airflow to the lungs.
Sleep apnea is a medical condition and must be diagnosed by a medical doctor and not a dentist. Unfortunately, many medical doctors do not ask the right questions about your airway or if you have issues sleeping. As holistic dentists, we understand the importance of good sleep because without it, your body can't recharge its battery every night, fight disease, or heal and get the most out of every day.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea we are happy to work with your physician to help address this serious medical condition.
Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
One major sign associated with sleep apnea is snoring. This indicator, along with gasping for air during your sleep and feeling fatigued during the day, are generally what encourage patients to seek a sleep study to diagnose their condition.
Sleep apnea can affect nearly anyone--infants, children, young adults, and both men and women--although it’s most commonly found in older, overweight males. Additionally, risk factors that may impact your sleep include a large neck size, large tonsils or tongue, a family history of apnea, or nasal disfunction.
If you’re concerned you or a loved one may have OSA, learn about all the possible symptoms that can help you detect your disorder. Then, if you notice you’re experiencing any of these indications of sleep apnea, you can visit your physician or give us a call so we can help you find a qualified doctor to conduct an official sleep study.
Finding Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Once you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, or if you’ve been suffering from sleep apnea and have given up on using your CPAP, then our Basalt dental sleep team can help. Dr. Van Gorden has received extensive training to help treat and manage obstructive sleep apnea alongside your physician with the fabrication and use of oral appliances.
An oral appliance is a personalized dental mouthpiece that works to slightly move your lower jaw forward, allowing your airway to remain open and clear of any obstruction. We offer oral appliances to patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea and to those who can’t tolerate their continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask.
Nearly half or more of patients who try to use the CPAP as their initial method of treatment actually stop using it altogether. They complain the machine is bulky, claustrophobic, inconvenient, and loud. In contrast, oral appliances are small, easy-to-use, silent, travel-friendly, and comfortable.
As an innovative alternative, our Basalt practice provides NightLase® Therapy as a non-invasive, safe way to reduce snoring and the effects of sleep apnea.
Enhance Your Sleep with Dr. Van Gorden
At Elevate Dental Wellness, we combine our expertise with our genuine care to provide thorough treatment plans for each patient. With Dr. Van Gorden’s advanced knowledge in the use of oral appliances, he is capable of delivering safe and effective methods of treatment for both snoring and sleep apnea. Visit our Basalt, CO office today to speak more about sleep dentistry so we can begin your journey towards a healthier, more energized life.