Can’t Sleep? Constantly Exhausted? Come See Us for Sleep Apnea Therapy
Do you constantly feel tired even though you get 7-8 hours of sleep each night? Does your partner complain about your snoring? Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air? These are all symptoms of sleep apnea, which is a serious disorder that affects about 20 million Americans each night. Those with sleep apnea periodically stop breathing throughout the night because their airway becomes obstructed by the soft tissues in their mouth and throat, and this causes the body to panic and wake up. This can easily happen hundreds of times each night, and many patients are completely unaware of it. As you can imagine, this is extremely taxing on the body.
If you are dealing with any of the symptoms we just mentioned, you should consult your family doctor as soon as you can, because without adequate sleep, your health is truly in jeopardy. The long term health effects of sleep apnea include:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Memory loss
- Sexual dysfunction
Once you have gotten a proper diagnosis for your sleep apnea (we can help you with this process if needed), we can provide a simple and easy to use treatment called oral appliance therapy.
What Is Oral Appliance Therapy?
While CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy is the most commonly used method to treat sleep apnea, it simply doesn’t work for every patient. Many find the machine to be too loud, too constricting, and just not the answer their sleep needs.
For this kind of patient, we can provide a small, custom-made oral appliance that they would wear to bed each night. It works by simply repositioning the jaw slightly forward to prevent the airway from being cut off. All of our oral appliances are made of strong, durable materials that will fit comfortably over your teeth. When worn consistently, nearly 95% of patients see a dramatic increase in their sleep quality.
If you’d like to learn more about sleep apnea and how we can help you treat it, contact our office today for an appointment. Don’t go another night without rest, your life may depend on it!