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Are You In Pain Most Mornings?
Sleep Apnea Headaches
There is a specific headache that goes along with sleep apnea. You will wake up with a headache most mornings which may be very painful although it likely resolves within about half an hour of waking. It doesn’t have the typical migraine symptoms.
A Safer, More Effective, More Comfortable Sleep Apnea Treatment
Our scientific approach to treatment allows us to identify good candidates for sleep apnea treatment before we begin. We have over a 90% success rate of treatment for good candidates. This means not only will you find relief from morning headaches and other sleep apnea symptoms, you’ll also see a reduction in your risk for heart attack, stroke, and other dangers of sleep apnea.
In the past, people with sleep apnea were prescribed either CPAP or surgery. Now we know that oral appliance therapy—like a mouthguard you wear while you sleep—is the best first-line treatment for many people with sleep apnea.
Oral appliance sleep apnea treatment doesn’t have any of the risks of surgery. Because sleep apnea patients have an elevated risk of anesthesia-related surgical complications, it’s best to avoid surgery unless you really have no better option. A study published by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine agrees that surgical treatment should be a last resort.
CPAP is a good sleep apnea treatment, but few people use it properly because it is uncomfortable and inconvenient. Oral appliances are comfortable, easier to use, and—because people are more likely to use it—more effective for most sleep apnea patients.
Sleep Apnea Worsens
All Types of Headaches
Although the causal relationship between sleep apnea and headaches is still being investigated, we know that sleep apnea can make your headaches more frequent and more painful. For tension headaches, the most common form of headaches, sleep apnea can put stress on the muscles of your jaw, face, and neck while trying to keep your airway open. This can increase your tension headaches overnight, causing you to wake up in pain. Sleep apnea can also increase your tension headaches during the day by increasing stress levels and making it harder to deal with stressful situations.
Sleep apnea can also make migraines worse. Sleep apnea is strongly associated with migraines. People with sleep apnea are likely to have more migraine attacks that are more severe than those without sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea may cause or worsen high blood pressure, which can also cause headaches.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
May Lessen Headache Burden
Sleep apnea headaches resolve within a few days of starting treatment.
By reducing the number of times your jaw clenches during the night, sleep apnea treatment can treat your tension headaches. Because you’ll be getting better sleep, you’ll also be better able to deal with stress during the day, too.
Sleep apnea treatment has been shown to dramatically reduce migraine burden. People who have sleep apnea and migraines may see the frequency and severity of their migraine attacks drop by a factor of ten. The length of attacks can drop, too. People who have their sleep apnea treated see their time lost from work drop to 1/4 what it was before treatment. Sleep apnea treatment is as effective (or more so) than many migraine medications–and with fewer side effects!
And by helping to control your high blood pressure, sleep apnea treatment can head off those kinds of headaches, too!
Now Covered by Insurance
Insurance companies used to refuse coverage for oral appliance therapy. They said the science didn’t support its use, but recent research has shown that this treatment is effective, and in January 2011 Medicare authorized coverage for certain oral appliances if they met certain criteria and were prescribed in accordance with guidelines.
Snoring treatment has also been proven to be effective, but it is not covered by insurance.
If you want to learn whether you are a candidate for sleep apnea or snoring treatment in Omaha, Nebraska, please contact Dr. Roger Roubal today for an appointment.
Omaha Sleep Dentist,
Dr. Roger Roubal
Dr. Roger Roubal believes that dentists can change lives. That’s why he has studied hard to become the foremost expert on sleep apnea in the region, adding significant amounts of continuing education to his over 30 years of experience so he remains at the forefront of his profession as a “sleep dentist”. His Omaha office utilizes state of the art equipment for sleep apnea treatment.