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Sleep Apnea Treatments in St. Augustine

Finding the Right Treatment for You

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by repeated pauses in breathing during sleep, which can last from several seconds to minutes. The disorder can be potentially life-threatening and could indicate other serious health issues. At Palencia Dental, Dr. Kinsey offers natural treatment options designed to address the issues associated with sleep apnea in St. Augustine.

Are you looking for a solution for sleep apnea? Call (904) 474-5444 to learn about the treatment options.

Types of Sleep Apnea

The breathing disruption creates an imbalance in the carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in the blood. The brain senses the imbalances and wakes the body to restart the breathing process, so you wake up struggling to breathe and making loud snoring or choking noises. Because you don’t always wake up completely, you may be unaware of the disorder.

The signs of sleep apnea may include:

  • Severe headaches early in the morning
  • Sleepiness during the day
  • Insomnia

There are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea happens when air cannot flow through the nose or mouth and the body is trying to breathe. This is more common and easier to treat. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to send signals to the breathing muscles.

Treatment Options

The process begins with tests to investigate, diagnose, and determine the best treatment method for the patient. Sleeping masks are often used to keep the airway open, but there are less intrusive methods. Dental devices that move the lower jaw forward may help prevent the tongue from blocking the air passage. These are gentle and easier to wear than the masks. Surgery that sections the lower jaw and moves the bone to hold the tongue forward offer a more lasting solution for many patients or Dr. Kinsey may suggest stopping habits that aggravate the disorder, such as drinking alcohol, smoking, and using tranquilizers.

We encourage you to contact us at (904) 474-5444 to have Dr. Kinsey diagnose your condition and recommend the best treatment option for you.

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