How do you feel in the morning when your alarm goes off? Are you energized, rested, and ready for the day, or are you exhausted and just want to go back to sleep? Does this exhaustion follow you throughout the whole day, constantly dragging you down? Do you feel this way even though you consistently get 7-8 hours of sleep? Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air?
If any of this sounds familiar, it’s very possible that you are suffering from sleep apnea, a very serious sleep disorder that affects about 20 million people each night.
At Aesthetic Dentistry of Collierville, we’re able to provide simple but effective sleep apnea therapy for those patients who just want to get the rest they deserve.
What is Sleep Apnea?
When a person has sleep apnea, their breathing becomes momentarily cut off multiple times during the night. Most of the time, this occurs because the soft tissues in the mouth and throat have relaxed and blocked the airway. This is what is known as obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. Some symptoms include:
- Chronic loud snoring
- Daytime sleepiness and exhaustion
- Waking up in the middle of the night out of breath
- Difficulties focusing or remembering
- Moods swings and depression
- Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
Sleep apnea also causes elevated blood pressure, which is a big risk factor for both heart attacks and strokes. Plus, a person who is sleep deprived is 3 times more likely to be in a motor vehicle accident. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you should seek out treatment immediately.
How We Can Help
At this point, you might be asking yourself, “How can a dentist help treat sleep apnea?” We’re happy to answer!
The most common treatment prescribed for sleep apnea is called CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy. This involves a patient wearing a facemask which is connected to an air pump that forces oxygen into the throat in order to keep it open.
At our practice, we’re able to offer a safe and effective alternative to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea: oral appliance therapy.
With this approach, all a patient needs to do is wear a custom-made appliance to sleep. It will slightly shift the jaw forward, and this will prevent the airway from becoming blocked during the night.
How To Get Started
Our practice works with an extensive network of local sleep physicians, and we’ll be able to walk you through the process of getting the treatment you need from start to finish.
If you’re tired of being tired, you can do something about it, and it will be one of the best things you’ll ever do for your health. To get started, simply contact our office today for an appointment.