Snoring can be annoying and embarrassing, but did you know it could potentially be life-threatening? It is estimated that 1 in every 15 adults in the United States suffers from a sleep disorder known as sleep apnea, but only 20 percent of those struggling have been diagnosed.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is the result of blocked airways during sleep. When the soft tissues in the back of the mouth collapse, normal oxygen flow becomes blocked. This action causes the patient to become restless in the night, waking up and gasping for air. When left untreated, this sleep disorder increases the risk of cardiovascular and systemic disease and can decrease the patient’s quality of life. The lack of sleep that OSA causes can leave patients with chronic fatigue, which leads to higher rates of depression in sufferers. Other medical conditions related to OSA include headaches and anxiety.
Anyone can develop sleep apnea, but those with an increased risk include individuals who are loud snorers, have a wide neck circumference, are male, are over the age of 40, and are obese. Loud snoring is the number one indicator of this condition. If you snore loudly or are waking up in the night gasping for air, it is important to get tested. Sleep apnea treatments are available. It’s also important to note that you don’t need a sleep disorder specialist to get treatment!
Treatment Options From Your Dentist
The most common way to treat sleep apnea is through a CPAP machine. These machines, in addition to being large and annoying, can have serious side effects, ranging from headaches or congestion to more serious infections, such as sinusitis or meningitis. Here at Maitland Ave. Smile Co., we offer alternative treatment options to the traditional CPAP machine. Our oral sleep appliance therapy is an effective way to alleviate sleep apnea. It is more comfortable, smaller, and more discreet than CPAP machines, making traveling and storage easier.
Maitland Ave. Smile Co. can create a custom oral appliance to fit your unique specifications and to be worn while sleeping. It helps to keep the upper and lower jaw in proper alignment. Plus, it forces the soft tissues away from the airway to help you sleep more soundly throughout the night. The appliance is small, quiet, and does not run on electricity. Our oral sleep appliances can allow those suffering from sleep apnea to live a more comfortable and enjoyable life while decreasing the risk of serious diseases and illnesses.
If you are struggling with sleep apnea, an oral sleep appliance may help to alleviate your symptoms. Schedule an appointment today so that we can create an appliance that is the perfect fit for you. Better sleep starts now!