Don’t Let Sleep Apnea Rob You of Rest
A great gift for yourself this season — and many years to come — is healthy, snore-free sleep. If you are tired of feeling tired and tired of being teased about your constant snoring, then it may be time to visit our dentist office in Roseville. Sleep apnea treatment could be just what you need.
Since 1989, Dr. David Miller has been helping people throughout our area feel more refreshed by helping them get deep sleep. We would love to help you sleep better, too.
Call Advanced Dental Concepts at 916-945-9985 now to arrange a consultation. It could be the start of more silent nights for you and your significant other.
Breathe Right, Sleep Better
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which you stop breathing repeatedly when you fall asleep. Depending on the severity of your condition, this can happen dozens or hundreds of times overnight.
For people with obstructive sleep apnea (the most common form of this condition), those stoppages occur because of a physical issue. As they fall asleep, their muscles relax, allowing soft tissue to close off their airway.
When the airway is restricted, the tissue vibrate, causing the sound of snoring. This helps explain why snoring can be so loud and persistent when you have OSA.
When your snoring stops temporarily, it’s because you’ve stopped breathing as well. Your body will respond to this by waking you up. This may be so brief that you aren’t aware of it. Yet, it’s enough to keep in you the stages of light sleep and to prevent you from enjoying deep, healthy sleep.
You could keep breathing, snore less, and sleep deeper by getting an oral appliance from Dr. Miller. This appliance is similar to a mouthguard that you wear while you sleep. The appliance shifts your lower jaw forward slightly, which helps keep your airway open. That allows you to continue breathing, so you can stay asleep longer.
The Risks of Sleep Apnea
Leaving sleep apnea untreated poses risks beyond annoying your spouse with your snoring.
Beyond snoring, other symptoms of OSA include daytime sleepiness, frequent dry mouth or headaches upon waking up, difficulty concentrating, and irritability.
Knowing the symptoms can help you decide if you should but they don’t tell you the risks that come with this condition. Those risks are not things you want to take for granted:
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- Memory problems
- Weight gain
Research also has shown that sleep apnea can more than double your risk of being in a car accident. This is related to the sleep deprivation you can experience without deep, healthy sleep.
Take Action Today
As you can see, ignoring sleep apnea is not a good idea. If you suspect you or your partner may have this condition, it’s better to talk to someone to find out if a sleep test may be needed.
Get the help you need to get the healthy sleep you deserve!