How Aquila Dental’s Sleep Apnea Treatments are changing Lives in Chandler, AZ

Restful Nights Ahead: Treating Sleep Apnea at Aquila Dental 

For many, a good night’s sleep is an elusive dream. The culprit? Sleep apnea – a potentially serious disorder that disrupts breathing during sleep. This is not only potential health hazard for the person suffering from it, but also their partner. At Aquila Dental in Chandler, AZ, Dr. Rich Higgs is dedicated to helping patients reclaim restful slumber and regain their health by offering diagnosis and treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea.

Understanding Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is characterized by repeated pauses in breathing throughout the night. These pauses, called apneas, can last from a few seconds to over a minute and may occur hundreds of times per night. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), caused by a blockage or collapse of the airway during sleep.Left untreated, sleep apnea can have severe consequences. Chronic fatigue, mood disturbances, and difficulty concentrating are just a few of the potential side effects. More alarmingly, sleep apnea increases the risk of serious health issues like heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

sleep apnea diagnosis and treatments at Aquila Dental in Chandler AZ with Dr. Rich Higgs

Symptoms to Watch For

Recognizing the signs of sleep apnea is crucial for seeking timely treatment. Common symptoms include:

  • Loud, persistent snoring
  • Gasping or choking sounds during sleep
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue
  • Morning headaches
  • Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
  • Mood changes, such as irritability or depression

Aquila Dental’s Comprehensive Approach to treating Sleep Apnea 

At Aquila Dental, Dr. Higgs and his team take a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating sleep apnea. The process begins with a thorough evaluation of your medical history, symptoms, and risk factors. Advanced diagnostic tools and take-home sleep monitoring devices may be utilized to confirm the presence and severity of sleep apnea. Once a diagnosis is made, Dr. Higgs will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and preferences. 

Oral Appliance Therapy: A Comfortable Solution

For many patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy can be an effective and comfortable solution. These custom-fitted devices, worn during sleep, gently reposition the jaw and tongue to keep the airway open and unobstructed. At Aquila Dental, Dr. Higgs offers a range of FDA-approved oral appliances, such as mandibular advancement devices (MADs) like the SomnoDent, Herbst device, and Tap appliances. These appliances are meticulously crafted to ensure a secure and comfortable fit, maximizing their effectiveness in treating sleep apnea. In the case of severe sleep apnea, Dr. Higgs will refer patients out to a local sleep specialist. 

The Benefits of Treating Sleep Apnea

Seeking treatment for sleep apnea can have a profound impact on your overall well-being. Patients who undergo successful treatment often experience:

  • Improved sleep quality and reduced daytime fatigue
  • Enhanced cognitive function and concentration
  • Better mood and emotional stability
  • Reduced risk of developing associated health conditions
  • Improved quality of life for both the patient and their partnerBy addressing sleep apnea, you’re not only improving your sleep but also taking proactive steps towards better overall health and well-being.
Sleep Treatment Options available at Aquila Dental

Sleep like a baby again! Get on the road to treating your sleep apnea. 

If you suspect that you or someone you love suffers from sleep apnea, the first step is to book your consultation with Dr. Higgs. He will then do an exam and an in office test, followed by a home sleep kit. Feel free to submit the form below and let us know your preferred time. You can also contact us by phone or email us at Remember your partner will love you for taking the necessary steps to treat sleep apnea. 

Sleep like a baby again!! Get tested for Sleep apnea today!

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