Sleep Apnea Treatments (Oral Appliance Therapy, OAT) in Worcester, MA
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What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by short, repeated pauses in breathing during sleep. This can occur when the muscles slacken, allowing gravity to constrict the airways and disrupt breathing. People with sleep apnea often wake up repeatedly throughout the night — even if they don't remember it the next morning — as a result of the brief suffocation they experience. Unfortunately, without the proper treatment, sleep apnea can inflict a great deal of stress on the body, causing mood changes, fatigue, foggy brain, and even more serious ailments, like a stroke or heart attack.
You may have sleep apnea if you frequently experience the following symptoms:
- Dry mouth or sore throat in the morning
- Loud and frequent snoring
- Unexplained fatigue during the day
- Sleeplessness at night
- Being woken up by gasping, snorting, or choking
At Dr. Monica Gobran & Associates in Worcester, MA, we concentrate on creating customized night guards to help our sleep apnea patients. Dr. Monica Gobran is pleased to offer you this simple, comfy, and reliable support that will help you attain better health and well-being.
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Sleep apnea is often treated using a continuous positive airway pressure machine, or CPAP, which works by keeping the airways open. However, many patients find the CPAP's mask and straps to be uncomfortable, and some even have more trouble sleeping with the device than without it.
If you have tried to use a CPAP mask and had limited success, we invite you to reach out to Dr. Monica Gobran & Associates to ask about oral appliance therapy (OAT). This approach uses a custom-fitted guard (similar to a mouth guard or retainer) that is designed to pull the jaw into a forward position to keep the upper airway clear and open. There are over a hundred different models on the market so Dr. Gobran will work together with you to be sure to get the right one for you. During your consultation, she will perform an examination of your jaw, tongue, airway, and teeth. You may also have digital x-rays taken to ensure the appliance fits comfortably.
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A Healthy Body Needs a Good Night's Rest
If you regularly experienced moments throughout the day when you were unable to breathe, you would probably seek help immediately. However, many patients put off sleep apnea treatment, either because they don't understand their condition or can't remember waking up repeatedly during the night. If you have reason to believe you might be suffering from sleep apnea, we urge you to schedule an appointment at Dr. Monica Gobran & Associates right away. Dr. Gobran will listen to your symptoms and help formulate a treatment plan so you can sleep soundly again. Call our practice in Worcester, MA to learn more.