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Sleep Apnea Treatment – Crookston, MN

Get the Full Night’s Rest You Deserve

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If you feel unproductive, groggy, tired, and unfocused during the day from lack of sleep, there’s a strong chance you’re affected by sleep apnea. This is a common problem that affects millions of Americans, and the worst part is that many don’t know they are even affected. Thankfully, Dr. Jensen and Dr. Applequist provide sleep apnea therapy as an effective and easy to use solution. Keep reading to learn more about sleep apnea in Crookston, how to recognize it, and what we can do to help.

What is Sleep Apnea?

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Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder than affects your breathing during sleep. The most common type is called obstructive sleep apnea, and it occurs when the throat muscles relax so much that it blocks your airway. This causes those affected to stop and start breathing sometimes hundreds of times throughout the night. The result is restlessness and lack of sleep, and you may wake up gasping for breath during your night. Traditionally, this problem is treated with a CPAP machine—a device that forces air through your airway to keep you steadily breathing. However, this can often be uncomfortable and inconvenient, which is why we offer oral appliances as an alternative.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

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With an estimate of 80% of sleep apnea cases still undiagnosed, it’s up to your sleeping partner to recognize the common symptoms because it’s hard to notice them on your own. Some of the common warning signs of sleep apnea that you should look for in your partner include:

If you notice any of these symptoms in you or your sleeping partner, don’t hesitate to call our office today for a consultation.

Sleep Apnea Therapy

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Once you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, we can provide you with a simple yet effective solution. We provide custom-made oral appliances as way for patients to breathe and sleep better. These devices hold your mouth open during sleep, putting your jaw in a position that leads to optimal breathing. This cuts down on airway obstruction, and it allows patients to get some much-needed relief. What’s even better is that you won’t have to rely on a bulky and inconvenient CPAP machine. Your oral appliance can fit in your pocket so it’s easy to travel with! We also recommend that you make certain lifestyle choices to promote consistent sleep. Try not to drink caffeine after noon and avoid heavy consumption of alcohol. You can also exercise, do yoga, or meditate for stress relief. It’s important to find something that works best for you.

Are you ready to take back control of your sleep? Contact our office today to get started on a better way to treat sleep apnea.