Almost everyone starts the New Year with a list of goals they want to accomplish over the next 365 days. Maybe they want to travel more, get in shape, or learn a new language. But none of it is possible without one thing: quality sleep! So this year, resolve to get better rest with obstructive sleep apnea treatment from A Perfect Smile.
Obstructive sleep apnea is what’s keeping millions of America’s from feeling their best day in and day out. Read on to learn more about obstructive sleep apnea, how to tell if you have it, and what you can do to reclaim your slumber.
Then, give the compassionate team at A Perfect Smile a call! We can connect you with a trusted sleep specialist to get an accurate diagnosis. Then, we’ll set you up with a comfortable and effective sleep apnea treatment! You’ll be sleeping better in no time, feeling well-rested and ready to conquer 2018. Call our Falmouth, ME office at (207) 536-3508!
What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which the sleeper experiences periodic blockages of the airway. The blockages are caused by the tongue falling toward the back of the mouth, or other tissue collapsing toward the back of the throat. These obstructions can be partial or complete blockages, which can result in excessive snoring or gasping for air. These breathing interruptions wake the sleeper over and over again, which results in poor quality sleep.
Some common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:
- Thunderous snoring that wakes you or your partner
- Jolting awake, feeling as though you’re choking or gasping for air
- Dry or sore throat upon waking
- Daytime fatigue or irritability
Certain factors, including being male and being overweight can increase your risk of sleep apnea. Those with a genetic predisposition are also at greater risk. But it’s important to note that obstructive sleep apnea affects both males and females, as well as people of all shapes and sizes.
Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dangerous?
Potentially. Obstructive sleep apnea has been linked to an increased risk of serious health complications, such as stroke and high blood pressure. That’s because when sleep apnea “episodes” occur, the sleeper momentarily does not get the oxygen they need. The body releases a stress hormone called adrenaline. When this happens repeatedly, it increases your blood pressure and stresses the heart.
Beyond that, obstructive sleep apnea is believed to increase your likelihood of traffic-related and workplace-related accidents. That’s due to the fact sleep apnea robs your body of quality sleep, which makes you less focused and productive.
In fact, this is an issue that has been taken up by the National Transportation Safety Board, which believes that obstructive sleep apnea has been linked to 10 highway and rail accidents that the agency has investigated since 2000.
Getting tested and treated for sleep apnea will help keep yourself as well as your fellow travelers safe!
How Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treated?
Traditionally, obstructive sleep apnea has been treated with what’s called a CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, device. A CPAP machine consists of a mask, which usually fits under the nose or covers both the nose and the mouth. The mask is connected via a tube to a pump, which pushes air into the nasal passage to prevent airway blockages.
It’s an effective way to treat obstructive sleep apnea, but only if it’s used as the doctor instructs. Studies show that’s not the case. Many people find CPAP machines awkward or uncomfortable to sleep in, so they simply don’t use them. And of course, that means it’s not effectively treating the sleep apnea.
That’s why A Perfect Smile prefers to approach sleep apnea treatment differently. We’re proud to offer custom-made dental appliances that are more comfortable and easier to use than a CPAP machine! These oral appliances have also proven to be effective in relieving the unpleasant symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.
Here’s how it works. The dental appliances sort of looks like an athletic mouthguard. All you have to do it pop it into your mouth right before bedtime and wear it while you sleep. That’s it! The oral appliance slightly adjusts the position of your jaw while you sleep, which keeps the airway open.
Get Better Rest In 2018 With Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment
At A Perfect Smile, we believe that a good night’s sleep is key to your overall wellness. If you suspect you might have obstructive sleep apnea, give us a call at (207) 536-3508. You can also fill out our convenient online form to request an appointment.