When you wake up, you want to feel refreshed and ready to take on the day. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you may not remember the last time you felt that way in the morning.
Today, we want to go over some basics about this sleep disorder and how we can help you treat it. Just know that if you want to enjoy deep quality sleep and snore less, our team at Johnson Dentistry in Bryan, TX is ready to help.
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Understand The Situation
Sleep apnea affects millions of people, but the American Sleep Association reports that about half of all people with this condition have not been diagnosed. That’s unfortunate because this condition can increase your risk for other health issues such as:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Heart attacks
- Diabetes complications
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of this sleep disorder. Its most common symptom is loud and persistent snoring. Often it’s family and friends who will make you aware of this because it’s keeping them awake.
That’s also why they may know about your breathing stoppages. With OSA, you may stop breathing hundreds of times every night. As a result, you are frequently waking up (even if you aren’t aware of it). This prevents you from reaching the stages of deep sleep, and you may feel sleep-deprived as a result.
You can end up experiencing daytime sleepiness and fatigue. This can make it hard for you to stay focused on work, which can be embarrassing, or cause you to doze off while driving, which can be dangerous.
We want you to get quality sleep, stay healthy, and stay as alert as you can. To do that, you will need to treat your condition.
Find Your Best Solution
When someone with OSA falls asleep, their airway gradually becomes blocked. The person will snore until their airway closes completely. Then, they wake up and the cycle starts again.
To break the cycle, you need to keep the airway open. This will allow you to stay asleep and reach the stages of deep sleep. Plus, you will snore less (and maybe stop snoring completely).
One option is a CPAP machine. Using continuous air pressure, your airway is forced open. This can be effective, but maybe CPAP users give up on this treatment within a year. Wearing a mask, feeling the air, and the sound of the machine are just a few reasons many people don’t like this treatment.
Another option is getting an oral appliance, which we can help you get at our office. This is custom-made for your mouth. It moves your lower jaw slightly forward. This keeps your airway open without the need for a mask. It also doesn’t require you to use electricity, which also makes it portable. That means you can bring your appliance on a business trip or on vacation, too.