Welcome to another summertime edition of the Advanced Dental of Las Cruces blog!
Have you had any trouble lately in regards to your sleep patterns? Have you been waking up in the middle of the night gasping for breath? Are tired of always feeling tired? Are you embarrassed about your loud snoring? Do you regularly get headaches during the day?
Then you could be suffering from sleep apnea.
When this condition is not diagnosed or properly treated, it can mean real trouble for you.
Sleep apnea can bring about a stroke, lead to heart disease, and it can be the underlying cause of careless accidents (due to lack of sleep).
But, you may be surprised to learn that your dentist can help!
Sleep Apnea Is Scary
Obstructed sleep apnea is the type of this condition that we are able to fix as oral health professionals. This is where your airway becomes obstructed while you sleep, triggering larger problems for your body.
In many cases it turns out to be your tongue pressing down on your windpipe that chokes off the flow of air, causing you to briefly stop breathing while you are fast asleep.
You may find yourself gasping for air as your brain works frantically to pull you back to consciousness, at least enough to start breathing again.
The road block can occur numerous times over the course of any given night. Even though your brain is able to bring you back to a higher level of consciousness, that doesn’t mean it completely wakes you up.
As such, when you do finally wake up for real in the morning, you won’t be your normal well-rested self. This will quickly take its toll on your body. You will need to find a solution, and the sooner the better!
Alter Your Habits
There is a machine known as CPAP that is awkward and uncomfortable. Yet, it is a commonly prescribed mechanism for managing sleep apnea. The problem is that, while it can help, it is not natural to try to incorporate such a machine into your life. Most patients abandon it in the end.
Fortunately, there are alternatives to the CPAP treatment method. We usually suggest self-correction as a good starting point. Try losing weight, changing your usual sleeping position, and laying off the booze and cigarettes. These steps can vastly improve your sleep apnea condition.
Still, these efforts might not be sufficient for correcting your sleep issues without the help of an oral appliance. That’s where we come in!
As opposed to CPAP machines, oral appliances from Advanced Dental are very comfortable and they feel natural in your mouth.
Rather than forcing air down through your windpipe, our oral appliances gently push your lower jaw forward to hold your airway open while you sleep. Essentially, they keep your tongue out of the way and keep things flowing as they should.
We are confident that you will experience a BIG improvement in your sleep apnea symptoms, almost immediately after trying oral appliance treatment.
Take Back Your Life!
We hope you have been inspired to take back your life! Contact our Las Cruces, NM dental office and schedule your sleep apnea consultation today!