Tired Of Sleep Apnea? The Dentist Can Help!
Welcome to the online home of Oregon City Family Dentistry! What brings you here? Can’t seem to sleep with all the noise in the room? If your sleep partner’s snoring sounds like a freight train, they may have bigger problems than just annoying you and the rest of the house. They might actually be plagued by a somewhat serious known as sleep apnea. This is why it is important to have a dentist that you can trust to care for you in a comprehensive fashion.
Do dentists treat sleep apnea? Yes! You’d probably be surprised by how many patients we see in our office who are suffering from sleep apnea in the dead of night, but don’t even realize what is really going down.
Here are some clues: you are perpetually exhausted and can’t ever seem to get enough rest; you wake up experiencing trouble breathing; you have frequent headaches; you start the day with a sore or dry throat.
If any of that sounds like you or someone you know, it is important that you obtain a diagnosis and a treatment for sleep apnea as quickly as you can.
Sleep apnea is one of those things that has the potential to wreak havoc in your life. It can contribute to a stroke, hasten the onset of heart disease, and cause you to have erratic behavior (as the result of not having sufficient sleep to think things through clearly). It is nothing to take lightly.
Don’t Snooze While Sleep Apnea Destroys Your Life
Here’s the educational portion of the story. There are two primary types of sleep apnea, Central Sleep Apnea Disorder and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Disorder, with the latter being the more commonplace version.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when the throat muscles relax excessively to the point that they can narrow the airways or obstruct the airways altogether. This leads to long pauses in breathing and typically forces you to awaken multiple times throughout the night. It can be scary at times.
Even though your brain will succeed in bringing you back to a higher level of consciousness, that doesn’t mean it totally wakes you up every time. So, when you eventually do wake up in the morning, you won’t feel much like rocking and rolling! This is because your body will feel like you have not been deeply asleep because of all the interruptions that go on below the surface.
Obviously, this is not a sustainable way to go through life! Finding a treatment will be the only way to take back your normal life. Lucky for you, obstructed sleep apnea is the variety that we are able to treat as dentists.
Change Your Ways
You will likely have a few options, once it is determined that you do suffer from sleep apnea. They won’t all be ideal. But that’s the way it goes.
There is a machine known as CPAP that is both invasive and uncomfortable (not to mention loud), but is commonly prescribed for addressing with sleep apnea.
The thing is that, while a CPAP might help stop the problem, it is hard to weave into your normal lifestyle. As such, many patients will ditch the machine eventually.
Don’t despair. There are other good alternatives that don’t involve the dreaded machine.
For starters, you can change your ways. Doing things like dropping pounds, changing your usual sleeping position, and foregoing booze and smokes can greatly improve your sleep apnea situation.
Even so, these types of lifestyle adjustments may not be enough to completely solve your sleeping problems without the help of an oral appliance from Oregon City Family Dentistry.
Wake Up To The Benefits Of Oral Appliances
No two cases of sleep apnea are ever the same. If you are unable to improve sleep apnea with lifestyle changes alone, the team at Oregon City Family Dentistry will craft a small, comfortable oral appliance for you to wear while you sleep.
The sleep apnea appliance pulls the lower jaw forward to open up the airways during sleep and restricts the tongue from blocking the airways.
Our appliances not only eliminate snoring, but they also allow you to finally sleep peacefully. By eliminating your sleep apnea, once and for all, you’ll feel well-rested in the morning and more alert in your daily activities.
The best part is that, patients who have used our sleep apnea appliances have reported almost immediate relief!
Make It Happen Now!
Contact our Oregon City, OR dental office today to set up a sleep apnea appointment or consultation!
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