Beyond CPAP: A More Comfortable Sleep Apnea Solution
Did you know that a good dentist can even diagnose problems like jaw issues and sleep apnea ? True story! In fact, we treat many patients who are struggling with sleep issues including loud snoring. Keep reading to hear more about it then give us a call at (407) 871-3143to request your consultation with Dr. Overmeyer. Spoiler alert: you might not have to wear a CPAP to resolve your sleep apnea nightmare.
Sleep Apnea Is A Serious Concern
Sleep apnea is so dangerous because it creates pauses in your nighttime breathing. There are two varieties of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of sleep apnea, occurs when soft tissue, usually the tongue blocks the airway during sleep. Central sleep apnea is a bit more complicated. This problem occurs whenever the brain fails to send signals to the brain during sleep.
When you experience pauses in breathing, your body goes into distress and your blood pressure will rise to protect your vital organs. The issue with sleep apnea is that this will occur numerous times while you sleep. Alarmingly, patients with severe sleep apnea will experience 30 episodes every hour or so. Oh, and the other thing is that, YOU COULD DIE from undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea.
Don’t let it come to that!
The Telltale Signs
Sleep apnea is often linked with obnoxious levels of snoring, but snoring isn’t the only warning sign to watch for. It’s conceivable for someone to have sleep apnea and not snore at all, and, conversely, it’s possible to snore and not have sleep apnea. That said, here are some of the more common signs of sleep apnea:
- Waking up gasping for air
- Restless sleeping
- A sore throat
- Trouble focusing or concentrating
- Irritability and anger issues
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
While you should be paying attention, it’s nearly impossible to self-diagnose your own sleep apnea issues. You’ll need to visit a dentist you can trust to correctly diagnose and treat all of your oral health issues.
No CPAP Required
Many sleep apnea treatments require the use of a CPAP. This is an obtrusive machine that continuously pushes air into your lungs while you are sleeping. It works well enough to keep you breathing through the night. But many patients find the CPAP to be completely intolerable.
Fortunately, the CPAP is not the only way to treat sleep apnea around here. These days, we’re using a smaller, more manageable oral appliance. The oral appliance works best for people with obstructive sleep apnea.
The device simply pushes the jaw forward to keep your airway open during sleep. No masks, hoses, or mechanical parts. And the appliance will be custom-designed by our team to fit only your unique mouth. There’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach with us.
Call Today To Take Back Your Nights
Obviously sleep apnea is no joke. If you have been inspired to take action, call Overmeyer Family Dental in Orlando, FL today at 407-603-3839 or fill out our online form to request a sleep apnea consultation appointment. Even if you turn out to not have sleep apnea, our oral appliance can most likely put your snoring to rest, once and for all.