Are you familiar with sleep apnea? This complex sleep disorder can cause a number of health problems if not treated. However, many people know little or nothing about it. Do you or your bed partner often:
- Feel drowsy during the day?
- Find yourself falling asleep while reading or watching TV?
- Wake up with a headache?
- Get cranky or irritable for no real reason?
- Wake up with a dry mouth or sore throat?
If you or a loved one has experienced any of these symptoms, you could be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. Call Hillcrest Dental Care today to learn more about sleep apnea treatment with a simple oral appliance in our Waco dentist office: 254-400-2868. You can also contact us using our handy online form. Don’t put off getting help – your health could depend on it!
Learn More About This Deadly Disease
If you have sleep apnea, you could be waking up dozens of times an hour – without even realizing it! The word “apnea” comes from a Greek word meaning “without breath.” When you sleep, your tongue and soft tissues at the back your throat naturally relax. Sleep apnea symptoms occur when these tissues relax too much and block off your airway.
When your airflow is restricted, your brain sends a signal to your body to wake up momentarily so you can take in more oxygen. You then drift back into sleep.
This cycle happens so quickly that most sleep apnea sufferers don’t even know it is happening. With severe sleep apnea, this cycle could happen 30 times per hour or even more. Your sleep could be getting interrupted hundreds of times each night!
Repeated interruptions in your sleep prevent you from entering a state of deep sleep. Most healthcare experts believe deep sleep is essential not only for proper rest but also for helping your body heal and prepare for the next day.
Sleep apnea robs you of the benefits of a good night’s sleep. But more than that, research has shown that untreated sleep apnea puts you at greater risks for all these serious health problems:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Heart failure/heart attacks
- Shorter life span
Seek Treatment From a Skilled Dentist
The good news is that sleep apnea treatment in our Waco dentist office can give you all these health benefits:
- Help prevent serious health complications.
- Sleep more soundly at night.
- Reduce or eliminate noisy snoring.
- Wake up feeling more rested.
- Maintain a better mood throughout the day.
- Ease symptoms of depression.
All this from a comfortable oral appliance!
There are two types of sleep apnea:
- Central sleep apnea, where the brain doesn’t send the proper signal to your muscles to breathe.
- Obstructive sleep apnea, where your airway is blocked by the soft tissues in your throat.
If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, we will recommend you have a sleep study done for a proper diagnosis. If you have obstructive sleep apnea (which is the most common type of sleep apnea), we can fit you with a custom oral appliance to help eliminate the symptoms of this disease.
Your new appliance will exert gentle pressure to push your lower jaw slightly forward. This movement keeps the tongue and other tissues in your throat from closing off your airway. The result is better sleep and reduced or no snoring!
Physicians traditionally prescribe CPAP machines as the first treatment for sleep apnea. CPAP treatment does work, however, it has a notoriously low compliance rate. Over 50 percent of users may be using them incorrectly and not see the benefits of treatment.
Dr. Thrasher has completed advanced training in treating sleep apnea problems. Using his expertise, he will create a comfortable oral appliance just for you. You won’t have to worry about a noisy, bulky CPAP whirring during the night. You will sleep better and wake up more rested.
Plus, if you’re not snoring, your bed partner will sleep better, too. There’s definitely something to be said for that!
More importantly, however, seeking treatment for this disease can pay big dividends to your overall health. You’ll be doing yourself and your loved ones a favor when you get the symptoms of sleep apnea under control.
You’ll feel better and have peace of mind that you’re taking proactive steps to prevent serious, even deadly, health problems.
Obstructive sleep apnea can have serious consequences to your health. Call our sleep experts today to get started with your sleep apnea treatment: 254-400-2868. Do it for yourself and those you love!