If you have obstructive sleep apnea, your quality of rest is suffering because of the frequent pauses in breathing that occur with this condition. Even worse, your overall health may be impacted. Apnea has been linked to serious conditions like high blood pressure and stroke. Let us improve your airway and sleep health in Wilton with a comfortable oral appliance you wear during the night.
Our sleep apnea treatment begins with a free airway and sleep health screening. Here is what is involved with that process:
- We’ll discuss your symptoms in detail, assess your airway, and ask questions about your sleep habits.
- If our screening indicates you may have sleep apnea, we will recommend a sleep test using an ARES™ (Apnea Risk Evaluation System) device that you take in the privacy of your own home. The results will be evaluated by a sleep specialist.
- Should the test confirm a diagnosis for mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea, we will create a comfortable oral appliance that provides relief. A custom appliance can also help if you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea but can’t tolerate a CPAP machine.
Dr. Beckie D’Andrea is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and has years of experience in treating sleep disorders. She works closely with a sleep doctor to create your treatment plan. Call 203-293-2086 to schedule a free consultation.
Test For Sleep Apnea In The Comfort Of Your Own Home
If you’ve ever been in a hospital, chances are you didn’t sleep well. Many people find it similarly difficult to rest in the clinical setting of a sleep lab. We’ll provide you with a wireless, FDA-approved device called ARES™ that you’ll wear overnight in your own home. It gathers a broad variety of data as you slumber, including:
- Pulse rate
- Snoring patterns
- Head movement
- Airflow changes
- Respiratory disturbances
Working with a sleep doctor, we’ll analyze the data to determine whether you need sleep apnea treatment.
An Oral Appliance Is Easier To Adjust To Than A CPAP
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your tongue falls back in your mouth or soft tissues block your airway as you snooze. This causes numerous interruptions in breathing. These disturbances affect you as well as other members of your household. As if gasping for breath and snoring at night aren’t bad enough, you’ll also suffer from daytime symptoms that can affect your overall health, such as:
- Lack of focus
- High blood pressure
A CPAP is sometimes prescribed for apnea. This machine keeps your airway open with a stream of pressurized air. However, some patients can’t tolerate a CPAP machine. Dr. D’Andrea can fit you for a custom-made oral appliance instead. It keeps your airway clear by moving your jaw forward just enough to prevent your tongue from relaxing.
Most people find an appliance much more comfortable than a CPAP. With no need for electricity or batteries, you can also easily take it with you no matter where you go.
Having problems sleeping? Let us assess your airway and sleep health in Wilton. Call 203-293-2086 to schedule a free screening, or request an appointment online. Don’t forget to set an appointment for your next regular checkup as well.