Snoring is something that can adversely impact an entire household, making everyone cranky, sleep deprived and so forth. But snoring should also be a wake up call to the one operating the buzzsaw (so to speak). This is because it could actually be tied in with a dangerous condition known as sleep apnea.
Don’t worry, if you snore, your dentist can actually get you and your housemates some relief by setting you up with a sleep apnea solution. Keep reading to hear more about the common signs of sleep apnea, and our available treatments. Then pick up the phone and call us at 603-546-7460 to schedule your consultation appointment at Nashua Family Dentistry in Nashua, NH.
Sleep Apnea Explained
Sleep apnea is what is happening whenever you experience pauses in breathing at night. This is why people with sleep apnea often snore uncontrollably or wake up gasping for air several times an hour. In more severe cases, people will experience up to 30 episodes of sleep apnea an hour.
There are two types of sleep apnea but obstructive sleep apnea is the most common, and also the one that we dentists can help with. Millions of people in this country have sleep apnea, though not everyone has been officially diagnosed. While the majority of folks with sleep apnea snore, snoring isn’t the only warning sign.
Here are some others to be on the lookout for in yourself or your sleep partner: waking up feeling exhausted even after a full night of sleep; persistent morning headaches; dry mouth; mood swings or unexplained irritability; short-term memory loss; the desire to sleep at inappropriate times throughout the course of the day.
Ways To Address Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is not something you will be able to ignore. And treating your sleep apnea will be so much better for your health and your relationships with others in your abode. Sadly, when one person in a relationship has sleep apnea, it’s common to hear that the couple no longer sleeps in the same bed. We’ve been told that sleep apnea treatment has helped save relationships, and possibly lives.
For a while now, the CPAP machine has been the typical way to treat sleep apnea, and it’s still the most guaranteed form of effective treatment. The problem is that some people do not do well with the whole CPAP set-up. It is admittedly a bit invasive. The CPAP includes a mask, hose, and a loud machine. It is tempting to ditch the device, but the CPAP method doesn’t work if you’re not wearing it. That’s why we have begun offering an alternative to the CPAP.
If you are afflicted by mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, we can set you up with an easy and effective oral appliance that will push your lower jaw forward to help keep the airways open. Our patients prefer the oral appliance over the CPAP machine because it’s simple to use, easy to travel with, truly reduces snoring and sleep apnea, and it’s not disruptive to your sleep partner. It takes some getting used to but patients report that within a few nights it seems like a normal part of sleeping.