Do you have trouble sleeping?
Do you have trouble sleeping at night? Do you or your partner snore loudly and frequently? Are you woken up several times throughout the night? Even when you feel you’ve gotten a full night’s rest, do you still wake up feeling exhausted? You might be one of millions of Americans suffering from sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a common chronic disease afflicting millions of Americans, many of whom are unaware of their condition – and incidence is on the rise. It occurs when the soft tissues in the back of the throat collapse at night during sleep, preventing air from passing through, and actually stopping your breathing altogether.
Many people think of excessive snoring as a trivial problem, but when you realize that sleep apnea actually stops your breathing several times per night, you begin to realize the seriousness of the situation. The reality of sleep apnea is that it not only affects your sleep, which in turn affects your everyday life, but that it can have serious impacts on your health, and can even be deadly. When left untreated, it can lead to:
- Low blood oxygen levels
- Congestive heart failure
- Cardiovascular or heart disease
- Automobile accidents
- Premature death
How do I know if I have Sleep Apnea?
Signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include loud or frequent snoring, sleep disruptions, trouble breathing during sleep, and daytime sleepiness. There are certain factors and demographics that increase your risk of sleep apnea. You are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea if you are:
- Overweight or obese
- Over age 40
- Drink alcohol
- Have enlarged tonsils
- Have significant bite alignment issues (overbite)
How can we help?
The most common treatment for sleep apnea that doctors prescribe is a CPAP machine. This is a device that you wear during sleep that looks a bit like an oxygen mask, that provides continuous air pressure to prevent the airway from collapsing. While this is an effective treatment method for some, many patients find the device intolerable – they simply cannot sleep wearing the device.
That’s where we come in. Dentists are in a unique position to treat patients suffering from sleep apnea. We can provide you with a custom mouth guard that you wear during sleep that repositions the jaw, preventing the collapse of the airway and allowing for restful sleep and healthy breathing. We can help you get back your sleep, and your life with sleep apnea treatment.
No insurance? No problem!
At Brewer Family Dental, we understand the importance of taking care of your family’s health. We also understand that health and dental care can be costly, especially if you have no insurance or out of network insurance. That’s why we are happy to offer flexible in-office financing options to help you get the care you need without breaking the bank.
If you have any questions about sleep apnea, or would like to schedule a consultation with your Lexington dentist, Dr. Brewer at Brewer Family Dental, please contact our office today at (859) 554-4799.