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What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious problem wherein a person suddenly stops breathing while asleep. This can lead to a number of adverse effects on your health, including stroke, heart arrhythmia, and heart attack. It is important to ensure that you are giving yourself the best possible treatment to avoid these issues. If you are wondering how you can treat this condition, oral appliance therapy might be your best bet. To learn more about how oral appliance therapy can help you overcome sleep apnea, consider visiting our office at Henricksen Family Dental to schedule an appointment with our professionals.
Sleep Apnea Explained
Patients who suffer from sleep apnea stop breathing multiple times during the night. They often wake up feeling breathless and with a heavy chest, gasping for air. There is no definitive explanation as to why somebody suffers from sleep apnea, however there are several working theories. It seems to be more common with men than it is with women, for example, and it also seems that people who are overweight are more likely to suffer from this condition.
There is no way to cure sleep apnea but you must treat it so that it does not cause complications with your health. One of the most common problems for people who suffer from sleep apnea is a lack of sleep. This results in you being tired and lethargic all day - and when you are in this frame of mind, it is almost impossible to be productive. The constant fatigue can also make you irritable and grumpy. It's difficult for a person who does not suffer from sleep apnea to understand exactly how much it can impact your life purely because the change is so marked.
Sleep apnea is more common among individuals above the age of 40 and is also associated with people who smoke and consume alcohol. Stopping these habits, however, does not guarantee the treatment of this condition. It may make it better but you could still wake up short of breath.
How can you treat sleep apnea?
There are various treatment options available for sleep apnea. One of the most popular is oral appliance therapy. This therapy is cost-effective, easy to use, comfortable, and has a high success rate. It consists of using a special kind of dental device that fits in your mouth and words to hold your airways open while you sleep.
A good quality oral appliance designed by our team will ensure that you are comfortable and the device is well-fitted. This is not the case with over-the-counter (OTC) oral appliances as they are not created with your specific mouth shape in mind. In fact, sometimes trying an OTC option can lead to nights uncomfortable enough that people refuse to try oral appliances in the future. It should be noted that when you invest in a device tailored to your needs, you are unlikely to experience any kind of discomfort.
If you are in need of a quality customized oral device to treat your sleep apnea, please give us a call at (360) 740-2119 or visit our office at Henricksen Family Dental.