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Snoring is not just annoying, it can be a sign of something serious.
We treat sleep apnea every single day here in our office and believe that sleep apnea is a hidden epidemic in America.
A lot of people suffer from co-morbidities of sleep apnea. Co-morbidities are illnesses that go along with sleep apnea, such as an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, certain types of cancer and low birth rate babies.
In children, sleep apnea can cause conditions that mimic ADD and behavioral issues. It’s important to get your children checked to ensure they are breathing correctly when sleeping.
CPAP is not the only treatment for sleep apnea. There are also oral appliances that will help your airway remain more open so you can breathe better while sleeping, snore less and feel more rested when you’re wake. Almost anyone with obstructive sleep apnea can be treated with an oral appliance.
We have patients come back and tell us how they’ve lost 60 pounds because their metabolism increased. Others have gone from sleeping four hours a night to sleeping almost eight hours a night and feel completely revitalized in their day-to-day life.
Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans, causing short-term health and wellness issues and, for many, creating long-term health problems. The most common association with sleep apnea is snoring, probably because it is the most noticeable symptom. However, sleep apnea is not about making loud noises – it’s about oxygen deprivation and struggling for air.
When you are asleep and your body is struggling for air, you do not get restful sleep. This results immediately in lower energy and daytime fatigue. If this becomes a lifestyle, your productivity decreases and it’s not uncommon for your behavior to be affected negatively with mood swings, irritability, weight gain and depression. When deciding whether to get tested for sleep apnea, these should be considered as symptoms.
As you struggle through the night for air, insomnia, nightmares and mouth breathing are signs you are not sleeping restfully. If you awaken with headaches or a dry mouth, these are also signs of sleep apnea.
Know the signs of sleep apnea and get tested if you have these symptoms. Over the long term, sleep apnea can be dangerous. It affects your wellness day to day as you are not getting enough quality rest, but the struggle for oxygen at night can have long-term negative effects on your health.
Come to Legends Dental for guidance on how to eliminate this dangerous condition and have restful, healthy sleep the rest of your life. We will guide you through the process and determine the best long-term solution for you. You don’t have to live with sleep apnea or resort to a cumbersome and uncomfortable CPAP machine to get through the night. Let us help you if you have symptoms of sleep apnea.
This is Chuck’s story. He used a CPAP machine for 20 minutes and hated it. Find out how he found a treatment plan that works for him.