Heavy snoring, waking up gasping for air. These are common signs of sleep apnea, a common condition that our Orlando FL dental office can treat! Overmeyer Family Dental has helped countless patients overcome their dental issues and even improve their sleep quality.
We start by asking patients about the quality of their sleep and can even set up a sleep test if you have concerns about your snoring or sleep apnea. Unlike some dental offices, we don’t always need a CPAP to treat sleep apnea. We’re using a comfortable oral appliance. The appliance is ideal for patients struggling with mild to moderate obstruction sleep apnea — the most common type of sleep apnea. The appliance pushes the lower jaw slightly forward to keep the airway open during sleep. The oral appliance reduces snoring and reduces the dangerous side effects of untreated sleep apnea.
You might think that sleep apnea is just simple snoring. It isn’t. It’s an overall health problem that can lead to serious problems.
Here are three things you can gain from treating your sleep apnea.
More Restful Night’s Sleep
Sleep apnea causes people to snore or wake up gasping for air multiple times a night. Some people with sleep apnea aren’t even aware they are doing this. A test can reveal this, and usually people are tipped off by their bed partner. People with severe sleep apnea wake up as often as 30 times in an hour. If you’re suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea, it’s nearly impossible to get a restful night’s sleep, regardless of how long you’re sleeping.
Healthier Relationship With Partner
We mentioned above that most people who are married or in a relationship are tipped off about their sleep apnea by their bed partner. That’s because your sleep apnea can also disrupt your bed partner. In fact, it’s extremely common to meet couples who sleep in different beds because one person’s sleep apnea is so bad.
Better Overall Health
During a sleep apnea episode, you’ll literally stop breathing. This causes a rise in blood pressure. If you are experience a constant rise in blood pressure while you sleep, it’s possible you’ll have high blood pressure all the time. Unfortunately, high blood pressure puts people at an increased risk of potentially deadly problems like heart disease or stroke. People with untreated sleep apnea also have a higher risk of problems like diabetes, often because poor sleep can cause metabolism problems.
If you have signs of sleep apnea or have been told that your snoring is waking up the entire house, now is the time to contact our office. Give us a call today at (770) 676-1122. You can also contact us online to request an appointment.