What is Sleep Apnea?
If you find yourself waking up every morning feeling as tired as the night before, it may be time to explore the cause of your restless nights. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that, according to the National Institute of Health, affects 1 in 5 American adults. Obstructive sleep apnea causes abnormal pauses in breathing while you sleep. An apnea, the break in your breathing, can last anywhere from a few seconds to minutes and may occur more than thirty times in an hour.
The fact is, you can actually be too relaxed when you sleep! While genetics and lifestyle also play a role in sleep apnea, your muscles are the reason you’re missing out on your best night’s sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the soft tissues in your throat close up, obstructing normal breathing. Repeatedly waking during the night robs you of the restorative sleep you need resulting in considerable risk to your health. Sleep apnea puts more than restful sleep at risk. Untreated OSA increases your risk of:
- Acid RefluxDiabetes
- Heart Attack
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Weight Gain
Sleep is a vital function of life that helps your brain refresh and supports proper body function. When your body is deprived of quality rest, your overall health and your mental health can suffer. Sleep apnea can affect mental health, increasing risk, and make you more prone to depression, attention problems, and anxiety.
Do You Suffer from Sleep Apnea?
The most common, and irritating, symptom associated with sleep apnea is snoring, but it’s by far the only symptom associated with the disorder. If you suffer from some or all of the following, sleep apnea may be the cause.
- Chronic Heartburn
- Severe Daytime Fatigue
- Insomnia or Nightmares
- Gasping or Choking During Sleep
- Loud Snoring
Let Us Help You Rest Better!
Brockport Smiles offers a more comfortable solution to your sleep apnea! Traditional CPAP machines treat sleep apnea and its symptoms using continuous positive airway pressure to keep airways open during sleep. CPAP provides relief to OSA symptoms, but the loud, uncomfortable mask can still leave you feeling exhausted in the morning. Many patients complain that using CPAP to treat their sleep apnea is noisy, uncomfortable, and, in some cases, claustrophobic feeling.
Brockport Smiles offers a ‘sound sleep’ solution to sleep apnea. With a custom-designed oral appliance, you can reclaim a restful night’s sleep! Oral appliance therapy can be used in place of CPAP for patients suffering from the effects of mild to moderate sleep apnea. The appliance gently re-positions your jaw to prevent the soft tissues from collapsing while you sleep.
A custom-fit oral appliance to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea is the right choice for a restful night’s sleep for you and your loved one. Stop your snoring and regain restful sleep with oral appliance therapy from Brockport Smiles! To learn more about the benefits of oral appliance therapy to treat your sleep apnea, contact Brockport Smiles today to schedule your free consultation!
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