How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? Are you refreshed and full of energy, or are you already looking forward to going back to bed that night? Do you find yourself constantly tired throughout the day despite how much sleep you get? Are concentration, memory, and mood swings persistent problems for you? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then you might be suffering from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that affects over 20 million Americans every night. It’s characterized by loud, chronic snoring and brief lapses in breathing during sleep. The most common type of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This means that the stoppages in breathing are caused by the soft tissues in the mouth and throat relaxing into and blocking the airway.
When this happens, the body immediately wakes up to restore breathing, and this can happen up to 100 times an hour. This prevents a person from getting the deep, restful sleep they need, and over time, it can severely damage both their physical and mental health.
Fortunately, OSA is actually very treatable, and the solution you need might be in a place you don’t expect: your dentist’s office.
At Aesthetic Dentistry of Stuart, we’re proud to provide safe, effective, and non-invasive sleep apnea therapy using an approach called oral appliance therapy. With oral appliance therapy, all a patient has to do is wear a small, custom-made mouthpiece to bed each night in order to breathe normally and get the quality of sleep they deserve. In numerous studies, oral appliance therapy has been shown to dramatically increase the sleep quality of 90% of the people who use it regularly.
If you have a diagnosis for OSA and still need treatment, then oral appliance therapy might be exactly what you need.
If you are already receiving treatment with a CPAP machine but don’t like how the machine feels, oral appliance therapy may be able to provide an alternative.
Even if you haven’t yet gotten a proper diagnosis for sleep apnea, our team can walk you through the entire process so you can start getting the treatment you need.
If you’re ready to start feeling great in the morning again, don’t wait, simply contact us today. You’ll be amazed by how safeguarding your sleep will improve your life in every way.