Do you find yourself constantly feeling tired during the day despite getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night? Do you have a bed partner who is consistently being kept up by your loud, chronic snoring? If so, you may very well be suffering from sleep apnea, a serious condition that cannot only rob you of your rest, but your overall health as well. At our dental office, we’re actually able to use dentistry to successfully help those with sleep apnea, which is great news whether you need treatment or want an alternative to your CPAP. How can we do this? Read on to learn more about our options for sleep apnea therapy in Altamonte Springs, FL!
Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by chronic snoring and brief lapses in breathing during the night. The most common type of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and it is caused by the tissues in the mouth and throat relaxing into the airway. When this happens, the body immediately senses that breathing has stopped, so it panics and partially wakes up to restore it. This can happen hundreds of times a night, and it prevents a person from getting the deep, restful sleep they need to feel focused and energized the next day.
The dangers of untreated sleep apnea go well beyond simply feeling tired each day or annoying your partner because you snore. Sleep-deprived drivers have been shown to cause as many accidents as those who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, leading to the term “drowsy driving” being used by healthcare professionals as well as first responders.
Plus, sleep apnea has been shown to spike someone’s blood pressure, and this increase can last for several hours, even after they have woken up. Elevated blood pressure is known as the “silent killer” in the medical community because a person doesn’t actively feel it, but it drastically increases their risk for cardiovascular issues, including heart attack and stroke.
For those dealing with OSA, we can provide relief using a custom-made oral appliance. This is a small mouthpiece a patient will only need to wear to bed, and it will keep the airway clear by gently shifting the jaw forward and/or keeping the tongue in a neutral position.
Each one is made from strong, durable materials and is shaped to comfortably fit over the teeth. In multiple studies, oral appliance therapy has been shown to dramatically increase the sleep quality for 90% of the people who use it consistently.
Ready to start sleeping better or get rid of your CPAP machine? If so, contact us today.