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Finding the Cause

What is obstructed sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when your muscles relax during sleep, allowing soft tissue to collapse and block your airway. This can cause you to stop breathing for anywhere from a few seconds to almost a minute at a time. These breathing pauses are followed by brief awakenings that disturb your sleep – even if you don’t realize it! Contact your Bath dentist if you believe you are struggling with sleep apnea.

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How Is It Treated?

If diagnosed with OSA, Dr. Beaulieu will discuss the different treatment options available. Treatments include continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, oral appliance therapy (OAT), or surgery. CPAP therapy is a common treatment for OSA, but Oral Appliance Therapy is also an effective treatment option. Together, we will determine the best appliance for you that can help achieve a better, more restful night of sleep.

Dr. Beaulieu is a diplomate in the American Academy of Dental Sleep medicine. This designation was earned after completing a mini residency through Tufts School of Dental Medicine. Our sleep coordinator, Kate Powell, RDH and Dr. Beaulieu have a combined 9 years of experience in treating patients with sleep disordered breathing to achieve more quality nights (and days)!
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Symptoms of Disordered Breathing

Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include loud or frequent snoring, silent pauses in breathing, and choking or gasping sounds. Other common symptoms include:  

- Waking in the morning feeling unrefreshed
- Being tired during the day
- Morning headaches
- Waking up frequently at night to go to the bathroom
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering things

hear from Our Happy Patients

the power of customized care

This patient was having trouble snoring, holding his breath, and experiencing a variety of other symptoms that were effecting his sleep and day-to-day quality of life. Take a look at how our tailored sleep treatment changed his life!

from stress to zzz's

This patient wasn't the only one dealing with her snoring struggles — her whole family was losing sleep, too! Our team provided a personalized treatment plan to help her get back to sleeping with ease.

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If you suffer from obstructed breathing, you are at an increased risk for other conditions including daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure, heart disease, increased risk of heart attack, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, liver problems, obesity, and high cholesterol. You’re also more likely to have complications with medications, anesthesia, and recovery from surgery.

Treating snoring or sleep apnea with OAT can help you feel like a new person. You will find that your symptoms quality of life can improve dramatically when you remain committed to your treatment and use it nightly. Custom-fit oral appliances from our office can improve your sleep, restore your alertness, and revitalize your health. If you have concerns about snoring and sleep apnea, contact us today! Our team is ready to answer your questions about obstructive sleep apnea and oral appliance therapy. 

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