There are many folks who incorrectly think that sleep apnea is merely a snoring issue. Sure, that’s bad enough, especially when it is your sleep partner. But in reality it’s an overall health concern. Keep reading to hear more about this dangerous condition, and then call us at 774-225-0618 to schedule your consultation in our Attleboro, MA dental office. In many cases, we’ll be able to treat snoring and sleep apnea with a custom-designed oral appliance.
It’s More Than A Snore
If you snore like a buzzsaw because of sleep apnea, that’s not all that will be happening in your body. It’s actually kind of scary. Sleep apnea causes you to experience pauses in breathing while you are asleep.
There have been cases of people actually dying from sleep apnea episodes. More commonly, however, sleep apnea increases the risk of problems such as stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.
Knowing The Signs
Men over the age of 40 are at the highest risk for sleep apnea, but really, anyone can develop it. You’re also at a greater risk of sleep apnea if you have a large neck size.
As we said at the beginning, snoring 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.
Millions of American suffer from sleep apnea. Not everyone realizes it. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. That occurs 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 to address 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 for sleep apnea treatment. There is a downside, however. The CPAP treatment is a little 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 a clunky companion.
Fortunately, not every patient will need a CPAP machine to find relief.
We actually offer a comfortable oral appliance that is designed for patients suffering with sleep apnea. The oral appliance is nice for anyone struggling with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Here’s how it works: the oral appliance pushes the lower jaw forward to keep the airway open while you sleep. That’s all there is to it.
Unlike the CPAP machine, our oral appliance will be comfortable and will never disrupt your sleep partner. This treatment could save your relationship, and it might just save your life. So, what are you waiting for?
Call For Sleep Solutions
Don’t delay your sleep apnea/snoring treatment. Call our Attleboro, MA dental office today at 774-225-0618 or fill out our online form to request an appointment. While you’re here, we’ll be able to determine if you are a good candidate for an oral appliance that can eliminate your snoring and sleep apnea issues. One way or another, we’ll get you sleeping sound, and smiling big again.