Rapid City Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Treatment

If you or a partner are experiencing disrupted sleep due to snoring, you may know how frustrating it can be to not get a good night’s rest. At Black Hills Area Dental, we want to see you and your loved ones healthy, rested, and smiling! Our team works with you and your medical professionals closely to provide the relief that you need.

Sleep apnea affects many individuals and one of the hallmarks can be snoring. It is a condition that causes you to stop breathing for short periods of time while you are sleeping. This can happen many times throughout the night, and it can make it difficult for you to get a good night’s rest. Sleep apnea can also lead to other health problems, such as high blood pressure and heart disease.

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What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

The most common symptom of sleep apnea is snoring. However, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, so it’s important to schedule a visit or give us a call to learn more.

Other symptoms include:

  • Waking up feeling short of breath
  • Waking up with a headache or sore throat
  • Feeling tired during the day
  • Having trouble concentrating during the day
  • Feeling irritable or cranky
  • Having mood swings
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)

If you think you might have sleep apnea, the first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Samuelson. During your consultation, he will ask about your medical history and symptoms. He may also recommend a sleep study, which is a way to monitor your sleep patterns so that we can better understand your condition and develop a treatment plan.

Based on the results of your sleep study, we may recommend a sleep apnea mouth appliance, which is a device that you wear while you sleep to keep your airway open so that you can breathe properly throughout the night.

Sleep apnea appliances are the first line of defense in managing sleep apnea, as they are less intrusive than alternatives such as a CPAP machine. These devices are preferred by many patients due to their convenience and small size.

We will custom-fit your appliance so that it is comfortable for you to wear, and check up on you to make sure that it’s working properly and that you’re seeing great results.

If you are struggling with sleep apnea, we encourage you to seek help sooner rather than later. We understand how difficult it can be to find relief and look forward to partnering with you for better health.