Sleep Apnea Therapy: Feel Great in the Morning Again
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. Dr. Flex is a specially trained sleep dentist, and she may have exactly what you need to get a full night’s rest.
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. As you can imagine, many patients find this extremely uncomfortable, and sometimes it doesn’t even help with their sleep apnea symptoms.
At our practice, we’re able to offer a safe and effective alternative: oral appliance therapy.
With this approach, all a patient needs to do is wear a custom-made mouthguard to bed. It will slightly shift the jaw forward, and this will prevent the airway from becoming blocked during the night.
In order to ensure that this mouthguard fits comfortably and helps a person sleep healthily, a doctor must have a very extensive and hands-on understanding of cranial anatomy, which is exactly the kind of expertise a sleep dentist like Dr. Flex has. She has received extensive training in order to help people relieve their sleep apnea using oral appliances, and she can do the same for you so that you can finally get the rest you need.
How To Get Started
Whether you still need to figure out the cause of your sleep problems or if you are sick of dealing with your CPAP machine, Aesthetic Dentistry of Collierville and Dr. Flex can help. 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.