Snoring is bad enough; plus, it can cause issues for both those who snore, and the people who sleep next to them. However, sleep apnea is a much more serious sleep disorder and can have very dangerous results. It is actually an interruption in breathing. This can cause heart problems and other deeply concerning complications.
For many people, a CPAP machine is suggested as a solution. But this is not ideal for everyone and it can have its own set of issues and concerns. There are many common problems that people experience with a CPAP, and while some can be adjusted and fixed, others simply cannot.
Just ask anyone who has had to sleep beside or even nearby someone using a CPAP. An alternative solution is a welcome development.
The symptoms of sleep apnea
Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. However, there are many symptoms, and some of the major ones are:
- Loud snoring
- Gasping for air and having your breathing stop periodically throughout the night, which you may not notice, but whoever sleeps next to you will
- Regularly waking up with a headache
- Regularly waking up with dry mouth or a sore throat
Other issues that can arise are changes in mood, a reduced sex drive, or simply being exhausted during the day. Regular and consistent sleep is so important to good health.
Although you may be in bed for eight hours, you are likely not close to getting a full night’s sleep. So how can you solve this problem? Can your dentist help?
Can a dentist really treat sleep apnea?
Absolutely. At Pro Dental Care of Sleepy Hollow and South Elgin, Illinois, all our dentists have advanced training in sleep apnea and a good knowledge of the latest treatment technologies. Your first step toward getting help is a consultation to determine if you have sleep apnea, and if so, what treatment options would be best for you.
Wouldn’t it be great to not snore and get a full night’s sleep without sleep apnea issues? An oral appliance might be the perfect solution for you, if you cannot use the CPAP or have mild sleep apnea. Either way, it is important to consult with an expert to make sure the appliance is properly fitted.
What is a sleep apnea oral appliance and how does it work?
An oral appliance is crafted to fit the specific and individual contours of your face. It gently moves and supports your jaw in order to keep it in a position that allows your airway to stay open. You wear it in your mouth while you sleep, and it helps to keep the soft tissue in your throat and airway from collapsing.
This small appliance has brought significant relief to people who thought they may be stuck using a CPAP. When you are ready to learn more about this option and discuss your sleep apnea issues in general, call us for an appointment or book your sleep apnea consultation online.