This Small Appliance Can Correct Sleep Problems

Sleep apnea affect every aspect of your life. You wake up feeling exhausted (even if you sleep for eight hours of longer), it can be hard to focus, and you can actually be at a higher risk of issues like heart disease or diabetes. When you come to our Fredericksburg, VA dental office, we can treat your sleep issues with a comfortable oral appliance.

There about 18 million people in America struggling with sleep apnea. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs whenever soft tissue, usually the tongue, blocks the airway during sleep. Patients with this issue often wake up gasping for air or snore extremely loud. Drs. Lloyd have ways to correct this issues and give you a more peaceful night’s rest. Give us a call at 540-369-4926.

Today we want to discuss some of the challenges of sleep apnea and tell you how to fix this problem.

Don’t Fall Victim to Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is one dental problem that can affect your overall health, your mental well-being, and even your relationship. People with untreated sleep apnea actually experience pauses in breathing. When this happens, your blood pressure will rise. A person with severe sleep apnea might have as many as 30 pauses in breathing an hour. This high blood pressure can then carry over into the day, putting you at a greater risk of problems like heart disease or even stroke.

Unfortunately, untreated sleep apnea can be deadly. There have been several high-profile sleep apnea-related deaths, including NFL player Reggie White and Carrie Fisher. The good news is that sleep apnea is treatable. But you need to know the signs. Many people believe that sleep apnea is the same as snoring. It isn’t. It’s much more complex than that. Here are some signs of sleep apnea:

  • Waking up gasping for air
  • Waking up feeling exhausted (even after eight hours or more of sleep)
  • Experiences mood problems or forgetfulness
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Constant headaches
  • Irritability or moodiness

Resolving Sleep Apnea Without CPAP

If you’re heard of sleep apnea, you might know about CPAP. This machine uses a hose, mask, and motor. You’ll wear the device throughout the night to constantly push air into the lungs, so you won’t experience pauses in breathing. The CPAP was the first-ever sleep apnea treatment, and it’s still great. In fact, for some serious forms of sleep apnea, it’s the best way to treat the problems. But some patients, or their bed partners, find the CPAP machine intolerable. Of course, if patients don’t like the treatment, they won’t continue it. Studies have found that the compliance rate of the CPAP is only about 50 percent.

That’s why our dental team has taken the time to offer an alternative to the CPAP. For patients with obstructive sleep apnea, we’re using a comfortable oral appliance to treat the problem. The  appliance is comfortable and slightly pushes the lower jaw forward to keep the airway open during sleep. The appliance will not disturb your sleep or the sleep of your bed partner.

At our office, we can quickly assess your problems and diagnose the issue. If you need a sleep test, you’ll also set that up. If you have any of the signs of sleep apnea, give us a call today to set up your assessment and any necessary treatment. Give us a call today at 540-369-4926 or us the online form to schedule a visit.