Do you snore often, to the point that you wake your bed partner or even yourself up multiple times a night? Do you find yourself feeling fatigued, even after a supposedly "good night's sleep"? If so, you may be among the millions of Americans who suffer from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder which is characterized by interruptions of the normal breathing cycle during periods of sleep. These interruptions can sometimes occur hundreds of times during a single night, and can last up to a minute or more.
Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause cardiovascular (heart) difficulties, atrial fibrillation, headaches, memory problems, difficulty concentrating, impotence, or weight gain; in severe cases, this condition can be potentially life threatening.
For most patients, our office reccomends that you begin with a Home Sleep Apnea Test (HSAT) or an in-lab sleep study, called a polysomnography test (PSG) to understand how your airways is affected while you sleep. At your initial visit with Dr. Postol, our dental team utilizes the i-CAT system to get accurate readings of your teeth and jaw. With these tools, Dr. Postol can answer all your questions, discuss options with you, and prescribe treatment for your unique situation.
If you are struggling with sleep apnea, you don't have to worry when you come to our Ballwin dental office for treatment. Our office is fully equipped with the latest and greatest technology, as well as a staff with over 25 combined years of experience treating snoring and sleep apnea. We are also happy to announce that we offer in-network medical benefits for sleep patients. Sleep apnea involves your overall health--not just your dental health. Call your medical insurance provider today to learn more about coverage and copay when you schedule your appointment with us. We are happy to assist you as well.
Dr. Postol is a diplomate and has been treating patients with obstructive sleep apnea and snoring for over 15 years. Dr. Postol has treated more than 1200 patients from all backgrounds and lifestyles with an impressive success rate of 85%. You can rest assured that our experienced team will provide a solution to your sleep apnea.
There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea and mixed sleep apnea.
Our team provides obstructive sleep apnea treatment for patients by creating removable, customized oral appliances. These appliances are meant to be worn at night to help ensure that the upper airways stay open.
This non-invasive method of treatment is highly successful, and can successfully treat most mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea without the necessity for surgical treatment. These appliances have also been shown to be highly effective at reducing snoring.
If you or your partner snores, it may be time to investigate sleep apnea.
When we treat sleep apnea in Ballwin MO, we typically recommend and provide oral appliances. These are small, non-invasive solutions that help align your airway while you sleep. We recommend an oral appliance for mild sleep apnea over a CPAP machine because they are quiet, comfortable, and portable. We offer many types of oral appliances, each designed to treat sleep apnea for all types of patients. Call us today to learn which is right for you.
To get a restful sleep and stop snoring, call your Ballwin family dentist today to schedule my appointment. With our experienced dental team, new technology and innovative treatments, we can help you rest easy.
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