Obstructive sleep apnea can steal away your quality sleep leaving you feeling exhausted before you even get your day started. While some people are aware that they suffer from these conditions, others have no idea. But, if you have any of these symptoms, it could be time to talk to your doctor or dentist:
- Loud snoring
- Morning headaches
- Waking up gasping or choking throughout the night
- Waking up with a dry mouth and/or sore throat
The good news is that there are treatments available that can help you find relief from what you are experiencing. You can finally get the much-needed quality rest that you deserve.
Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea
When it comes to treating sleep apnea, there is a common misconception that the only solution is a large CPAP machine that you wear over your face at night. This is simply not the case. While it may be required for more extensive cases of the condition, there are more simple - and comfortable - treatments available for mild and moderate sleep apnea.
Because obstructive sleep apnea occurs as the result of an obstructive airway while sleeping, oral appliances can be used to open the airway and allow air to flow easily with each breath you take. A 3D impression is taken of your mouth so that the treatment is custom-fit and comfortable for you to wear at night.
Two effective oral appliances to consider are the DreamTAP Appliance and the AM Aligner. They work by pulling the lower jaw forward and positioning the tongue in a way that keeps the airway open.
These oral appliances are made differently in how they get they move the jaw, but they are both effective in their treatment.
To benefit from them, you simply place the oral appliance in your mouth before you go to bed. As you sleep, it works, holding the jaw right where it needs to be so that you can breathe properly.
Many patients find that wearing an oral appliance is a much more enjoyable option than a CPAP mask. Discuss your sleep apnea concerns with your dentist and see if either of these oral appliances may be the key to your good night’s rest.
Dangers of Not Treating Sleep Apnea
Leaving sleep apnea untreated can be dangerous for your health - and it can really begin to impact your overall quality of life.
Untreated sleep apnea raises your risk for heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and anxiety. It can impact your relationships, your ability to properly handle your work, and even make driving a car dangerous.
If you think you are suffering from sleep apnea, seek help.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment in Cupertino
Are you - or do you think you may be - suffering from obstructive sleep apnea? If so, then you need to seek treatment. Dr. Ryan Senft, DDS offers easy solutions for sleep apnea that can help you breathe better and feel healthier.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 408-996-8595.