Do you keep your partner awake at night from your snoring? Do you occasionally wake up gasping for breath? Do you feel as though you haven’t had good rest, even after a full night of sleep? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could have a serious condition called sleep apnea.
Dr. Thomas and the rest of our team at Seahurst Park Dentistry are concerned about those who have this problem, which is why we offer effective therapy. To learn more about sleep apnea and the treatment we provide, you can keep reading and make an appointment with us!
Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing during sleep. Most often, the airway becomes blocked, and your brain wakes you up just enough to start breathing again. As a result, deep rest can be difficult to reach.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include the following:
After you’ve undergone a sleep test and been officially diagnosed with this condition, Dr. Thomas can then prescribe therapy to keep sleep apnea from ruining your rest and overall health.
At first, poor sleep quality may not seem like a big deal; however, not getting enough rest consistently can impair your response time and judgment. In fact, studies show that driving while drowsy may be equally as dangerous as driving drunk!
In addition, sleep apnea has been found to significantly raise blood pressure levels, increasing the risk of heart disease or a cardiovascular event like a heart attack or stroke. In pregnant women, sleep apnea has been reported to lead to more premature births and other complications. Needless to say, this condition is about so much more than snoring.
Commonly, sleep apnea is treated using a device called a CPAP machine. This apparatus comes with a mask, which is worn during sleep and forces air into your body to ensure you are breathing properly. As you might imagine, the machine can be rather loud and the mask a little uncomfortable. On that note, some find CPAP therapy to be just as disruptive as sleep apnea!
At Seahurst Park Dentistry, we offer another choice: oral appliance therapy. Basically, it’s a mouthguard-like appliance that you wear while you sleep. It repositions the lower jaw forward, making it harder for facial tissues to block your airway. This less-invasive alternative can be used in conjunction with or instead of CPAP therapy, depending on how severe your case is, and it could help you finally get the deep rest you desperately need.