You’ve had it. You can’t take another night of the snoring. You need some rest, and you need some relief.
You suspect that your lack of sleep is also why you’ve been so aggravated with your spouse, too. You don’t want to feel like that about the love of your life. You want to enjoy your time together.
And to do that, you both need healthy sleep.
That snoring may be a symptom of something more serious. Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that can lead to a variety of other health problems. For patients in and near Wayne, PA, we offer sleep apnea treatment.
To schedule a consultation with one of our doctors, call 610-227-6143 to plan your visit to Wayne Dental Care.
Sleep Apnea Basics
According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, this sleep disorder affects an estimated 18 million people. To put that in perspective it’s about as common as type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, most people who have sleep apnea have never been diagnosed, which means they are probably not doing anything to treat their condition.
When someone has obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), their airways slowly close when they fall asleep. That leads to two of the most obvious symptoms of this condition. The first is loud and near-constant snoring. If your loved one’s snoring is keeping you up at night, then you’ve probably noticed they will stop breathing, too. Those stoppages can occur dozens of times every hour and hundreds of times each night.
That’s problematic because each time your loved one stops breathing, their body will wake them up at least long enough to take a few breaths. Then, the cycle starts again. Because of these frequent stoppages, your loved one may never reach the stages of deep sleep. That can lead to sleep deprivation, which can make someone irritable, fatigued, and more likely to be in a car accident.
Health experts also point out that people with sleep apnea are more likely to have high blood pressure, complications from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and strokes.
How To Treat It
To treat OSA (which is the most common form of sleep apnea), your loved one needs to find a way to keep their airways open while they are asleep.
The first treatment many people receive is a CPAP machine. This involves wearing a mask that allows the machine to push air into the mouth and/or nose. When used correctly, this keeps the airways open so your loved one can keep breathing and stay asleep. However, the sleep apnea association also reported that half of CPAP users don’t stick with their treatment.
Some people don’t like wearing a mask. Some people can’t tolerate the air being forced into their airways. Some people don’t like the sound of the machine.
This is when oral appliance therapy can be a better option. These appliances are custom-made for your loved one. They work by shifting the resting position of the lower jaw. That allows the airway to remain open, which again helps your loved one keep breathing.
You Both Deserve Healthy Sleep
With our sleep apnea treatment, you and your loved one could both enjoy deep, restful sleep again. To learn more, start by scheduling a consultation at Wayne Dental Care. Call us at 610-227-6143 or fill out our online form.