The Causes of Sleep Apnea - And How We Can Help
If your partner complains that you snore or you consistently wake up feeling fatigued and have trouble concentrating at work, you might have sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
When we drift off to sleep, the muscles and soft tissue in our throat relax and fall backward. For most people, this isn’t a problem; but for some, this motion completely blocks the airway making it impossible to breathe.
Meanwhile, your body is deprived of precious oxygen, and your brain wakes you up to start breathing again. For some people, these episodes can occur hundreds of times each night. The result is that you wake up feeling exhausted from battling apnea episodes all night long.
Dangers of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea doesn’t just cause fatigue and snoring. Without treatment, it can contribute to health problems like:
- High blood pressure
- Heart attacks
- Irregular heartbeat
- Type 2 diabetes
During a typical day, you may also notice symptoms like exhaustion and an inability to concentrate. Sleep apnea can also put you at risk for auto accidents that result from drowsy driving.
We Offer the Treatment You Need
For decades, the standard of care for sleep apnea patients has been a CPAP mask. Wearing the mask delivers a steady stream of air pressure that keeps your airway open. The problem is that many patients consider the mask too bulky or uncomfortable to wear during sleep, so they risk their health by going without it.
At Wesley R. Davis DDS, we have a better way. If you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, we can customize an FDA-approved oral device that positions your lower jaw slightly forward. This position prevents your tongue from falling back and blocking your airway. Many of our patients have found relief from sleep apnea with this simple approach.
Call Us for a Consultation
Untreated sleep apnea is dangerous and can threaten your health and well-being. Sleep apnea treatment at our Hershey, PA dental office is easy, and it might save your life.
Call to arrange a consultation so we can help you get the good night’s sleep your body so desperately needs.