By Northwest Otolaryngology
February 20, 2020
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

How your ENT specialists in Bridgeton and O'Fallon, MO, can help

Sleep apnea not only dramatically affects your quality of sleep, but it can also serious consequences for your overall health, and even shorten your lifespan. Fortunately, the ENT specialists here at Northwest Otolaryngology can help ease the issue. With two convenient locations in Bridgeton and O’Fallon, MO, read on to learn how we can help treat your sleep apnea.

More about sleep apnea

When you have sleep apnea, the tissues at the back of your throat relax while you sleep, causing either a partial or full closure to your airway during the night, resulting in a lack of oxygen to your vital organs, including your heart and brain. Over time, diminished oxygen levels can lead to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, memory problems, and other serious medical conditions.

Sleep apnea also causes you to partially or fully wake many times throughout the night, resulting in a restless, interrupted sleep. Consequently, you may experience symptoms such as:

  • Waking up with a gasping, choking feeling
  • Chronic headaches, especially in the morning
  • Feeling tired and listless during the day
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • A chronic sore throat when you wake up

One of the most common ways to treat sleep apnea is with a continuous positive airway pressure device, called a CPAP. The CPAP has a mask that fits over your nose and is connected to a device that delivers a continuous flow of air through your airway during the night.

Another excellent treatment for sleep apnea is the oral mandibular advancement appliance. This custom-made dental appliance is worn at night in order to hold the lower jaw forward, keeping your airway open throughout the night.

Need care? Give us a call

You deserve to sleep well at night and not be tormented by sleep apnea. To learn more about sleep apnea treatment, talk with the experts. Call the ENT specialists at Northwest Otolaryngology in Bridgeton and O’Fallon MO, today:

  • Bridgeton - (314) 291-5307
  • O'Fallon - (636) 379-6006