- January 10, 2016
“Beauty sleep” always seemed like one of those clichés your mother was fond of using.
That is, it did until you started missing out on it.
You can’t look your absolute best if you’re not getting enough rest, either because you or your partner suffers from one of the most troublesome breathing disorders in the world.
The symptoms are ugly. Poor performance at work. Unsightly black bags under your eyes. Increased irritability.
But if you or a loved one are among the 12 million Americans suffering from this sleep disorder, you already know that it can hurt far more than just your appearance: Sleep apnea can pose serious health risks in its more advanced forms, including brain damage and death, caused by a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream.
It’s a serious problem, which might be why you’re wondering “Okay, but how can a dentist help me with that?”
Well, you’d be surprised at what your mother didn’t know to tell you.
A Quiet Solution To A Noisy Problem
Sleep apnea is, by definition, abnormal pauses in your breathing during sleep. There are three different types of the disorder, but this pause in normal breathing is what they have in common.
All of them are dangerous, and some forms (especially obstructive sleep apnea) are more dangerous than others.
While there are a few different sleep apnea treatments out there – including a machine known as a CPAP, which looks like a fighter pilot’s breathing mask connected to a respirator unit that runs as loud as any jet engine you’ve ever heard – my team at Nashua Area Family Dentistry has a simple, safe, and quiet solution that will work for you or your loved one.
We will design and construct a simple, plastic oral appliance that almost looks like a high-tech boxer’s mouth guard. And I say “high-tech” because it’s designed with the help of a sleep specialist that works closely with my office. Together, we will custom-create such an appliance that fits comfortably in your mouth while having a maximum impact on your sleep apnea.
This appliance is fitted with a tiny spring that places your jaw into a position that promotes better airflow between your lungs and your mouth, effectively removing the obstruction that results in deadly snoring fits during the night.
You’ll be able to notice the difference almost immediately the morning after your first time wearing it.
Many people turn to this solution because it is less expensive and, frankly, doesn’t create any noise like a CPAP machine does. It also won’t break down or require expensive maintenance to ensure you get that good night’s sleep.
If you’re already using a CPAP device to treat your sleep apnea, however, and have learned to tolerate its noisiness, then a custom-made oral appliance will simply increase that machine’s effectiveness.
Plus, a customized oral appliance will give you greater flexibility: It can go many places where that cumbersome, noisy machine often cannot. Just imagine trying to sleep on an airplane with that bulky, loud machine.
The oral appliance that we will create is designed for your total comfort, and is perfectly safe for use during sleep; that’s how it does its job.
But what if you don’t know that you have sleep apnea?
One of the worst things about the disorder is that, unless you have a partner to provide you with the courtesy of a nudge in the middle of the night, you can have no way of knowing whether it’s really the culprit, or just a bad hair day (or several).
We can give you a simple, easy-to-follow sleep test that you can perform in the comfort of your own home. Based on your results, my highly skilled team will determine what’s keeping you from getting the sleep you need to stay happy and healthy, and begin a course of treatment.
You Can’t Risk The Wait
Over time, life-threatening issues can emerge in the form of sleep apnea symptoms, which include:
- Weight gain
- And many, many more.
Your beauty sleep affects more than your appearance, and if you’re more than tired of being a victim to a silent disease like sleep apnea, my staff is ready to help. Please call us at 603-546-7460 to schedule an appointment, or you can request an appointment with us online.
Getting treatment now can save you more than a few winks; it could very well save your life!