Sleep apnea can be a debilitating disorder that robs you of a high quality of life because it impacts two vital areas – sleeping and breathing. The symptoms of sleep apnea can affect your job, your relationships, and your general well-being.
Why Sleep Apnea is a Problem
When you sleep, the muscles and soft tissue in your throat relax, which isn't a problem for most people, but for others, this softening can completely obstruct the airway and make it difficult or impossible to breathe freely. When you can’t breathe, your oxygen-deprived body wakes you up, which is often accompanied by a loud snorting or gasping sound. Many sleep apnea patients experience these episodes hundreds of times a night.
How Sleep Apnea Impacts Your Life
If there are two things the body needs to stay healthy, it’s sleep and sufficient oxygen levels. Adverse health consequences associated with sleep apnea are high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and depression.
These problems can obviously threaten your health and well-being (and possibly your life), but a lack of restful, restorative sleep can wreak havoc and other areas as well:
- Daytime fatigue
- Morning headaches
- Difficulty concentrating
- Depression or irritability
- Drowsy-driving accidents
How We Treat Sleep Apnea
For patients with moderate to severe sleep apnea, a CPAP machine is usually the standard of care. But many people find the mask so bulky and uncomfortable, that they choose not to wear it, threatening their health.
At the office of Wesley R. Davis DDS, we have an option to help those with mild sleep apnea or who can’t tolerate the CPAP mask. Dr. Davis is a Hershey, PA sleep dentist who can provide a comfortable but effective alternative; a customized oral device that’s worn during sleep and moves your jaw forward. This opens up the airway so that you can breathe comfortably and get the restful sleep you so desperately need.
If you or your partner are suffering from the symptoms of sleep apnea, please call our office to arrange a consultation to see if this comfortable, effective solution is appropriate for you.