Sleep Apnea Treatment
You might be surprised to learn that millions of Americas suffer from the sleep disorder. Could you be one of them? It might be possible, as many people with sleep apnea don’t even know that they have it. With lack of sleep being declared an epidemic, it’s more important than ever to nip sleep apnea in the bud.
What is sleep apnea?
This sleep disorder occurs when a person stops breathing for seconds at a time several or even hundreds of times in one night. The sufferer may wake up in the middle of the night feeling as if they are gasping for air. Other sufferers are notoriously loud snorers.
What are the symptoms?
While not everyone with sleep apnea will snore, a surprising number of people diagnosed with this sleep disorder are also chronically loud snorers. One telltale sign that you have sleep apnea is waking up exhausted and feeling the lingering effects of this intense exhaustion throughout the course of the day.
Ask yourself these questions,
- Do you wake up tired and not feeling refreshed (even after a full night of rest)?
- Do you feel fatigued throughout the day?
- Do you sometimes nod off at your desk or when driving home from work?
- Do you feel more irritable?
- Have you noticed a drop in productivity during the day?
- Do you feel like you have trouble concentrating?
If you said “yes” to these questions then it’s time to schedule an appointment with a sleep specialist who will be able to determine whether or not your symptoms are due to sleep apnea. It’s important that you don’t leave this disorder untreated, as it can also increase your chances of serious health problems such as stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.
How can we help you?
Most people don’t realize that they can actually turn to our dental team here at Baltimore Uptown Dentists for sleep apnea treatment. Since the collapsing of tissue in the back of the throat or the tongue obstructing the airways are common causes of sleep apnea, it’s actually pretty clear that a dentist would have the expertise needed to prevent these problems from occurring.
The key to treating sleep apnea may lie in oral appliance therapy. Perhaps you’ve heard of it or maybe you haven’t, but this custom-made device is placed into the mouth only while you sleep to prevent airway obstructions, to eliminate sleep apnea symptoms and to help you get better sleep. Only a qualified dental professional can create this specialized sleep apnea treatment.
If you are dealing with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea then this simple but effective solution might be all you need. We are happy to work with your sleep doctors, general practitioners and other medical specialists to provide you with the thorough care you need to sleep better.
If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea and want to find out if oral appliance therapy is the right approach for treating your symptoms then call K. Michael Murphy and Associates at (410) 235-1233.
Want more information on sleep apnea from K. Michael Murphy and Associates? Call our Baltimore, MD office at (410) 235-1233 to learn more