Pregnancy-Related Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a big enough challenge for one person, but during pregnancy, it presents a whole new string of complications. As a mother, you want nothing but the healthiest outcome for your child. Sleep apnea can make getting proper rest difficult, resulting in feeling worn out throughout the day. It can also negatively impact the health of your unborn child.

Dr. Alice Bassford is a sleep specialist who is committed to providing minimally invasive care to treat sleep apnea during pregnancy. You can rest assured that you’re not putting your baby at risk and you can wake up feeling your best. If you suspect you’re experiencing sleep apnea during your pregnancy, this information is here to help.

 

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Pregnancy

A common side effect of sleep apnea is snoring which is caused by a blockage somewhere along the airway as you sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) often occurs because the tongue falls back into the throat. When your brain notices the resulting drop in your oxygen level, it causes you to wake up suddenly. This may cause disruptions in a good night’s sleep for you and your sleeping partner.

Not everyone who snores during pregnancy has sleep apnea. One common indicator that helps to distinguish the difference between the two is the audible gasp for air or choking that your sleeping partner may recall. This is specific to sleep apnea, not snoring.

 

Common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea during pregnancy may include:

  • Daytime Sleepiness
  • Constant Headaches
  • Restlessness at night
  • Frequent urination
  • Dry mouth
  • Frequent urination
  • Heartburn overnight

 

Treatment options for Pregnancy-Related Sleep Apnea

Fortunately, these risks can be put to rest with oral devices. Historically, the CPAP machine has been used to treat sleep apnea. However, many patients complain that the noise is too loud, it’s uncomfortable to wear, and the machine isn’t travel-friendly.

Dr. Bassford provides alternatives to the CPAP by offering oral appliance therapy. The oral device works by gently pulling the lower jaw forward which prevents the tongue from dropping and blocking the airway. It’s portable, noise-free, and comfortable to wear.

 

With oral appliance therapy, you and your unborn baby can enjoy a good night’s rest.

Some symptoms are also present in pregnancy which may make it difficult to understand the difference. If you’re experiencing any of the mentioned symptoms, contact our office and see how we can help you on your journey to a full night’s rest.

 

Sleep Apnea and Your Unborn Child

The pregnant mother supplies oxygen to the baby, so changes in oxygen can negatively impact the health of the unborn child. Sleep apnea poses several risks to your unborn child. These include:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Unplanned Cesarean sections
  • Prolonged labor
  • Fetal Growth Restriction

 

Treatment options for Pregnancy-Related Sleep Apnea

Fortunately, these risks can be put to rest with oral devices. Historically, the CPAP machine has been used to treat sleep apnea. However, many patients complain that the noise is too loud, it’s uncomfortable to wear, and the machine isn’t travel-friendly.

Dr. Bassford provides alternatives to the CPAP by offering oral appliance therapy. The oral device works by gently pulling the lower jaw forward which prevents the tongue from dropping and blocking the airway. It’s portable, noise-free, and comfortable to wear.

With oral appliance therapy, you and your unborn baby can enjoy a good night’s rest.

Dr. Bassford and Her Team are Here to Help

We understand that sleep apnea poses risks to you and your unborn child and these risks affect everyone differently. Reducing these risks is possible and we’re here to help.

 

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you are concerned that you might be experiencing pregnancy-related sleep apnea, call our office for a consultation at 301-593-5500 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Bassford today. See how a restful night can make a world of a difference.