Snoring is awful enough, especially when your entire family is disrupted by it. Yet, in all honesty, it’s usually associated with a more significant health concern called sleep apnea that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. Keep reading to hear more about this dangerous condition, and then call us at 919-646-4391 to schedule your sleep dentistry consultation in our Attleboro, MA dental office. The good news is that, more often than not, we’re able to treat our patient’s snoring and sleep apnea problems with a custom-designed oral appliance.
Basically, sleep apnea will force you to encounter gaps in your breathing while you are sleeping. It is not good for your body for many reasons. What’s more, there have even been instances of folks dying from untreated or undiagnosed sleep apnea. More commonly, though, sleep apnea increases the risk of problems such as stroke, heart disease, and diabetes, all scary stuff.
Look For The Warning Signs
Could you be at risk for sleep apnea? Absolutely. Anyone can develop it. That said, males over the age of 40 are at the highest risk for sleep apnea. You’re also at a greater risk of sleep apnea if you have a larger neck size. Snoring, as we mentioned, is one big warning sign. Many patients who turn out to have sleep apnea are told that they regularly snore. Waking up gasping for air is another sign. Recurring headaches, waking up feeling tired even after a full night’s rest, having trouble concentrating, insomnia, tiredness and moodiness are other things to watch for.
Find A Workable Solution
Millions of Americans are currently suffering from sleep apnea. Many never realize it. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. This is whenever soft tissue blocks the airway during sleep. The other type of sleep apnea is central sleep apnea. And that occurs whenever the brain fails to send signals to the lungs during sleep.
One way that some doctors address the first kind of sleep apnea is with a CPAP machine. The CPAP machine constantly pushes air into the lungs during sleep, and it’s the one sure thing when it comes to sleep apnea treatment. There is a huge downside, however. The CPAP treatment is invasive in that it involves a mask, hose, and a noisy machine. The compliance rate tends to be low once patients realize what life is like with such an unnatural companion. Not every patient will need a CPAP machine to find relief, which is where we come in.
Our team can evaluate you for a comfortable oral appliance that is designed for anyone struggling with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Here’s how it operates: the oral appliance simply pushes the lower jaw forward to keep the airway open while you sleep. That’s really all there is to it. As opposed to the CPAP machine, our oral appliance will be easy to wear and will never disrupt your sleep partner like a noisy machine would. This treatment could save your relationship, and it might just save your life. So, why not find out for yourself if this is the way to end your sleep apnea nightmare once and for all?
Call Today For Sleep Apnea Solutions
We hope you have been inspired to let us help you take back your quality of life. Your sleep apnea/snoring treatment awaits. Contact us online or by calling 919-646-4391 if you need to set up a visit to our Raleigh office.