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Sleep Apnea Treatment

Has snoring and gasping for air at night left you exhausted in the morning? Do you have trouble concentrating or feel moody?

Sleep apnea sabotages your rest, interrupting your sleeping hours and interfering with your vitality during the day.

Our dentist at Rota Advanced Dental Care in Colorado Springs, CO, is certified in sleep apnea treatment to help patients rest easy. 

Treating Sleep Apnea Is Personal for Dr. Rota

For Dr. Joseph Rota, sleep apnea treatment is personal—his own father passed away from a heart attack connected to sleep apnea. Now, Dr. Rota seeks to help all Colorado Springs patients who are affected by sleep apnea with options like custom oral appliances to reposition the airway. Addressing sleep apnea now can make a huge impact on your health and quality of life for years to come.

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of Sleep Apnea?
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In many cases, a person suffering from sleep apnea may be unaware of their symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms of this problem include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness during sleep
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Waking up several times in the night
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn
  • Irritability and mood changes
  • Decreased libido
  • Erectile dysfunction

These concerns might also suggest another health problem, as symptoms may overlap. We urge you to get in touch with our dentist, Dr. Joseph Rota, if you're experiencing any of these symptoms to find out whether or not you are suffering from sleep apnea. To set up a visit to our Colorado Springs dental office, call our friendly team or request a consultation online:

(719) 598-1224

"Dr. Rota and his staff go above and beyond." Reviews from Our Colorado Springs Patients

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Andrew Graham

August, 2023

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Me and my wife come here for fantastic service. Dr.Rota has helped me with extreme anxiety about dentists! I went from needing serious medication every single visit, too now I will only use it on special occasions for serious procedures. I can’t express how much I appreciate Dr. Rota and his staff (including the puppies my buddy Ottis knows when I need a friend). 

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Alison Resetar

August, 2023

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Dr. Rota and his staff go above and beyond to assist with any dental or TMJ issue you are having.  They develop a plan and, if cannot assist you themselves, will recommend and follow through to make sure you get the care you need. He has years of experience and stays up to date on the latest technology so you get  the best of both worlds. Highly recommend!!

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Sleep Apnea Treatment What to Expect at Our Colorado Springs Office

Dr. Rota can screen you for sleep apnea and based on his findings, refer you to a doctor to confirm a diagnosis.
Dr. Rota can screen you for sleep apnea and based on his findings, refer you to a doctor to confirm a diagnosis.

Consultation

Patients can begin seeking treatment by meeting with our dentist. Dr. Rota is certified in the treatment of sleep apnea and can help guide you through the diagnosis, referral, and sleep study process. He also offers treatment for mild to moderate cases of OSA.

Diagnosis

We offer a Vivos at-home sleep test that's simple and convenient for patients to use. The cost of this screening option is $150. With the results of this test, Dr. Rota can better understand the following steps to treat your sleep apnea.

Referral

Your sleep test will provide guidance on whether your symptoms are caused by sleep apnea. However, in order for you to formally receive a diagnosis, Dr. Rota will refer you to a sleep doctor. He works closely with local sleep doctors to whom he regularly refers patients for accurate diagnoses and treatment plans. 

Treatment

After confirming your diagnosis, Dr. Rota and your sleep doctor will work together to find a treatment that works for you. We offer convenient, conservative treatment options that can sufficiently address many of our patients' concerns. In some cases, we can create a custom mouthpiece right in the office for you using our 3D printer.

Various Solutions Are Available To Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Recommended solutions will vary based on the specific condition you have. Generally, treatment options consist of the following: 
Mandibular Repositioning Device

Custom Mouthguards

After a thorough consultation with our dentist and a formal diagnosis of your sleep apnea, we may recommend a mandibular repositioning device (MRD) by SomnoMed. This innovative device is designed to gently readjust your lower jaw, pulling it forward and opening up the airway. This adjustment not only effectively eliminates snoring in the majority of cases but also significantly alleviates obstructive sleep apnea symptoms.

Man wearing a CPAP machine

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy

Another effective treatment for sleep apnea is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy. This trusted approach involves maintaining an open airway by delivering a continuous flow of positively pressurized air through a specially designed mask. This mask can be comfortably adjusted to suit your preferences, ensuring a restful night's sleep.

Woman receiving laser therapy for sleep apnea

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy for obstructive sleep apnea involves using lasers to reshape and tighten the tissue in the throat, potentially reducing airway blockages. Laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea. If you're hesitant about CPAP machines but do not qualify for a mouthguard, laser therapy may be worth discussing with your doctor. 

Why Is Treatment Important? A Lack of Sleep Is Dangerous

If sleep apnea is left untreated, it may result in tiredness throughout the day and severe health issues such as high blood pressure and heart disease. These are only a few of the concerns that can arise from a lack of adequate sleep. Take a closer look at what happens to your body and brain if you miss out on good sleep:

Dr. Rota Has Been Personally Affected by Sleep Apnea

Dr. Rota is passionate about helping Colorado Springs patients find treatment for their sleep apnea because of his family history. At 62, his father passed away from cardiac arrest. Dr. Rota's father and most of his family have a history of sleep apnea, motivating Dr. Rota to advance his understanding, prevention, and treatment of the condition.

Sleep Apnea FAQs

Does sleep apnea cause weight gain?

Sleep apnea can contribute to weight gain, and in turn, weight gain can worsen your sleep apnea. Poor sleep quality can affect the hormones that regulate hunger, possibly leading to overeating. Also, daytime sleepiness from sleep apnea symptoms may discourage you from regular physical exercise, further contributing to weight gain.

Can lifestyle changes treat sleep apnea?

In addition to treatment options, our dentist may advise lifestyle changes for improved breathing and reduced obstructive sleep apnea symptoms. These include incorporating a heart-healthy diet, limited alcohol use, weight management, and sleeping on your side.

What are the contributing risk factors for sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea can be the result of family history or lifestyle choices and several factors increase your risk of developing OSA. These include anatomical characteristics like a large neck, obesity, use of sedatives, and drinking alcohol. According to a study published in Scientific Reports, heavy smokers are at a higher risk of obstructive sleep apnea than others, emphasizing how lifestyle can contribute to OSA.

"You will LOVE these people." More Shining Reviews From Our Colorado Springs Patients

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Mindy Upton

July, 2023

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I cannot recommend Rota enough! I haven’t been to a dentist in 10 years and had quite a bit of anxiety over the treatment I required. They went a above and beyond to set me at ease before and during the procedure. I don’t remember hardly a thing! And I love that. Haha! Seriously, if you need a new dental team, you will LOVE these people. 

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Sue McTigue

June, 2023

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Dr. Rota has been my dentist for several years.  I first met him on a Saturday with extreme tooth pain which needed a root canal and no other dentist in town would help me. He spent his weekend with me treating the tooth.  Since then he has done cosmetic dentistry for me and other treatments. Dr. Rota is not only a compassionate, experienced and skilled dentist; he is an artist!

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Rota Advanced Dental Care

Dr. Joseph Rota of Rota Advanced Dental Care has been providing top-of-the-line dentistry for more than 45 years. Our Colorado Springs office is focused on modern methods and innovative technology for your comfort and convenience. Our professional affiliations include the:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Academy of Craniofacial Pain 
  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of Head, Neck and Facial Pain
  • Colorado Dental Association
  • Colorado Springs Dental Society
  • International Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • Academy of General Dentistry

You can contact our office to schedule an appointment by calling (719) 598-1224.
 

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