Feel Better & Snore Less With Our Sleep Apnea Treatment
You would love to wake up feeling refreshed. You would love to get through a day at work without feeling like you were dozing off at your desk.
And you would love to get through a morning without your spouse or partner complaining about your snoring again.
If any of that sounds familiar, you may have untreated sleep apnea. In fact, the American Sleep Apnea Association reports that more than half of people with sleep apnea have never been diagnosed.
If you suspect that you may have sleep apnea, please contact our dentist office in Rochester Hills, MI. We may be able to help you get diagnosed so you can begin the treatment you need to feel rejuvenated in the morning, alert throughout the day, and less likely to hear complaints about your snoring when you get home.
Why Snoring Is A Common Symptom Of Sleep Apnea
Most people will snore at one time or another, but when someone with sleep apnea snores, it’s practically nonstop.
This is especially true for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which also happens to be the most common form of this sleep disorder.
When someone with OSA falls asleep and their muscles relax. This allows soft tissues to partially and sometimes fully block their airways (more on this in a moment). When your airways are narrowed, this can amplify the sound of your snoring.
When your airways are completely blocked, you will stop snoring, sometimes for minutes at a time. The reason why is because you’ve also stopped breathing.
We know that sounds scary, but we promise that’s not our intention. We just want you to understand what happens when someone has OSA.
To keep you alive, your body will wake you up long enough to take a few breaths. Then, the cycle begins again.
For people with moderate sleep apnea, this can happen 14 to 29 times per hour. For people with severe sleep apnea, this stoppage can occur 30 or more times each hour they are “asleep.”
Other Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Let’s assume you aren’t convinced that your snoring is a sign that you have sleep apnea. How else could you figure out if might have sleep apnea?
Ask yourself these questions:
☐ Do you often wake up feeling like you are still tired?
☐ Do you struggle with daytime sleepiness?
☐ Do you ever feel like you are falling asleep while you are driving?
☐ Do you often feel irritable?
☐ Do you often wake up feeling like you are gasping for breath?
If you said yes to one or more of these, it would be a good idea to schedule a sleep study. This is the only way to determine if you do have sleep apnea.
Potential Consequences Of Sleep Apnea
We mentioned a few earlier (poor night’s sleep, frustrated spouse), but there are other serious health concerns to consider.
People with sleep apnea often have high blood pressure. This could be related to the release of stress hormones from your body waking you up constantly to keep you breathing.
It’s also true that people with sleep apnea are more likely to suffer heart attacks and strokes and to develop cardiovascular disease.
And car accidents are a risk of your daytime fatigue. Studies have shown that people with untreated sleep apnea are more than twice as likely as other people to be involved in automobile accidents.
Keep Up Your Guard
Often the first sleep apnea treatment recommended for patients is a CPAP machine. You may have seen pictures of people wearing these masks while they are sleeping.
We’ve heard from many patients that they have difficulty falling and staying asleep because of their CPAPs.
They come to us because we offer another sleep apnea treatment. We can help design a custom-fitted mouthguard for you to wear while you sleep. This mouthguard adjusts the position of your jaw in a way that helps to keep your airways open.
When your airways are open, you can keep breathing. When you keep breathing, you can get deep sleep.
And your spouse will appreciate it when you are snoring less often, too.
Give Us A Call
We have helped many patients at Hubbard & Leath Dental. We would be happy to help you get the sleep that you need, too. To do that, first you need to call 248.266.2528 or contact us online to set up an appointment.