Anyone who deals with a family member who snores loudly night after night knows how disruptive it can be to a good night’s sleep. But if you’re the one doing the snoring, you’re suffering from a much longer, and more dangerous, list of symptoms.
Sleep apnea is a chronic, potentially harmful condition that robs you of rest and has you dragging through each day. That’s why our team at Advanced Dental Concepts wants to make sure you know to count on us to help you find relief.
Today, we’re sharing some good news for those who suffer from sleep apnea, and to those who live with someone who does! We all know how valuable it is to get quality sleep, not just so you feel rested, but for the good of your overall health and happiness.
But if you’ve had to rely on a CPAP machine for your condition, you know that it comes with certain limitations. That’s why we want you to consider an alternative, and it’s small enough to fit right in the palm of your hand!
First, let’s make sure you know what sleep apnea is and how it’s typically treated.
When you have sleep apnea, it means your breathing is disrupted all throughout the night while you’re sleeping. Your airway becomes blocked, and you stop breathing for several seconds. This makes you jerk awake, resume breathing, and then fall back asleep.
One of the biggest challenges in diagnosing sleep apnea is that many people aren’t aware this pattern happens while they sleep. Yes, you wake up over and over, but you’re often not alert and can’t remember it in the morning.
However, for those who actually do remember these episodes, you know how absolutely terrifying it can be in those desperate few seconds without air! But many people who go through this have relied on a CPAP machine to find relief.
A CPAP, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure, is plugged into an outlet so that it can generate air into your lungs while you sleep thanks to a mask that goes over your face. But because it runs with electricity, sleeping near enough to an outlet isn’t always practical. There’s also the mask that some find uncomfortable. It can also be noisy.
Oh, and if you travel a lot for work, you’re already aware of the packing challenge a CPAP poses!
Fortunately, a CPAP machine isn’t your only option. At least, not in our Roseville, CA dental office!
At Advanced Dental Concepts, you can find relief from sleep apnea with a small oral appliance that can fit in the palm of your hand! It works like a bite guard that keeps your jaw in a position that allows for air to pass through with ease while you sleep.
This certainly comes with benefits, but we’ll highlight just a few of them:
-It’s More Comfortable
-It Doesn’t Require An Outlet
-You Can Easily Carry It With You
-It’s Less Expensive
You might be wondering what the big deal is if sleep apnea is something you might have without realizing it. That’s fair, but the problem is that sleep apnea isn’t just a condition that makes you tired each day. It comes with far more disruptive, uncomfortable, and even dangerous side effects such as:
-Sore throat in the mornings
-Daytime fatigue and inability to focus
-Anxiety, irritability, and depression
-Heart disease and stroke
-High blood pressure
If you’ve already been diagnosed with sleep apnea and have been doing well with a CPAP machine, that’s great! It’s an effective option and can help you breathe easy and feel rested and refreshed each morning.
But a CPAP machine isn’t right for everyone. Some find it cumbersome to deal with, in which case, a small oral appliance may be just what you need to sleep comfortably and safely.