Is your snoring or sleep apnea disrupting your sleep or making the rest of the house downright cranky? No one likes to wake up feeling exhausted and then hear complaints about their snoring from the rest of the house.
At Nashua Family Dentistry, we have three qualified dentists and an elite dental team to help you resolve your sleep problems — sometimes we don’t even need to use a CPAP to fix the issue.
Dr. James Kiehl and the staff have trained extensively in sleep apnea. You might not know this, but treating sleep apnea is important to your overall health. Untreated sleep apnea has been proven to raise the blood pressure and increase the risk of problems like stroke and heart disease. What you think is just simple snoring could be a life-threatening problem.
Common Signs of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea occurs whenever you experience pauses in breathing. This is why people with sleep apnea often snore throughout the night or wake up gasping for air several times an hour. In severe cases of sleep apnea, people will experience 30 episodes of sleep apnea an hour. There are two type of sleep apnea obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea, with obstructive sleep apnea being the most common. It’s estimated that about 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, and not all of those cases have been diagnosed. Most people with sleep apnea snore, but snoring isn’t the only symptoms. Here are some others:
- Waking up feeling exhausted after a full night of sleep
- Constant morning headaches
- Waking up with dry mouth
- Mood changes or irritability
- Memory loss
- Sleeping throughout the day
How to Treat Sleep Apnea
Treating your sleep apnea will be better for your health and your marriage or relationship with others in your household. If one person in a marriage or 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 marriages.
So, where do you start with your sleep apnea treatment?
The CPAP is the standard way to treat sleep apnea, and it’s still the gold standard of treatment. The problem is that some people are CPAP intolerant. The CPAP includes a mask, hose, and a machine. Some studies have found that people with a CPAP only wear the device about 50 percent of the time. Of course, the device doesn’t work if you’re not wearing it. That’s why we are offering an alternative to the CPAP.
For patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, we can use an oral appliance that will push your lower jaw forward to keep the airway open. Our patients love the oral appliance because it’s easy to use, easy to travel with, reduces snoring and sleep apnea, and it’s not disruptive to your sleep partner. Patients often get use to oral appliance within a few nights.
Find Sleep Apnea Relief Today
If you have been told you snore loudly or wake up half of the house at night, give us a call today at 603-574-4394 to find relief for your problems. Treating your sleep apnea will improve your health and your relationship with those in your household.