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Still Feel Tired? It Could Be Sleep Apnea

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If you often wake up after a full nights rest and still feel tired, you may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a progressive disorder that can cause a full range of other health concerns. If you or your partner snore loudly, you may consider letting dentist, Dr. Tracey Hughes know. Our Louisville, CO dentist office can help you manage your OSA to avoid the development of further damage to your oral and physical health.

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea happens when your airway is blocked during sleep causing you to repeatedly lose oxygen to your body. Your airway can become blocked for a number of reasons but commonly it is caused by the collapsing of throat muscles or the relaxation of the tongue.

What are the risk factors for OSA?

  • Males, especially over the age of 50
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having a large neck circumference
  • Smokers and those using tobacco
  • Being diabetic or having high blood pressure

What can happen if I do not treat my OSA?

Treating OSA is essential to protect your health. Patients with OSA have a higher chance of developing a full range of serious health conditions including:

  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Chronic Acid Reflux
  • Dementia
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Death

How do I know I have sleep apnea?

  • Snoring or gasping for air
  • Feeling sleepy or drowsy during the day
  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating

How Does Boulder Valley Dental Center treat sleep apnea?

Dr. Hughes offers a comfortable and discreet alternative to the commonly used CPAP machine. Dr. Hughes can custom design an oral appliance that can is both convenient and portable. The device is designed to comfortably reposition your lower jaw and tongue to prevent the blocking of the airway during sleep. This device keeps your airway open so you can breathe well and sleep great.

Schedule A Consultation

If you believe you or a loved one is experiencing sleep apnea, contact our Louisville, CO dentist office for a comprehensive consultation. Dr. Hughes can help you regain restful sleep.

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Dr. Tracey Hughes is a highly sought-after and leading Louisville dentist. At the Boulder Valley Dental Center, Dr. Hughes welcomes her patients as ‘guests.’ She is constantly committed to advancing her skills and knowledge through continuing education initiatives. Having received her B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biology from Buena Vista University in Iowa, she proceeded to obtain her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1998 from the University Of Iowa College Of Dentistry. Over the years Dr. Hughes has committed several hours of learning to refine her knowledge and to ensure that she provides her patients with modern dental services. She is only one of less than 1,000 dentists who have earned a Fellowship in Advanced Physiologic Based Dentistry at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Technologies (LVI Global). Whether it is general dentistry or cosmetic dentistry or even sleep apnea, reach out to Dr. Hughes today!