Sleep Apnea Treatment in Merrillville, IN
The quality of your sleep impacts the quality of your life. It can affect your daily activities and your medical wellness.
Sleep Apnea affects over 18 million people in the United States. It is characterized by a loud snoring, then the snoring stops for more than 10 seconds because the breathing stops. The person chokes and gasps for air which wakes them up. This can happen hundreds of times a night. They have no memory of any of this come morning. Interruption of sleep and reduced blood oxygen levels can cause high blood pressure, strokes, diabetes, and chronic daytime sleepiness. Contact us today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Richter to help treat Sleep Apnea.
Medically Related Problems
Both the awakenings and oxygen deprivation of sleep apnea can trigger other health problems:
- Chronic Sleepiness
- Heart Attack
- High Blood Pressure
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral Appliance Therapy is used to treat patients with mild to moderate Sleep Apnea. They are small devices that you wear while you sleep. They work by attempting to prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of your throat, keeping your airway open to allow adequate air intake. They reposition the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate, and uvula.