Comfortable Treatments For Sleep Apnea In Las Cruces
Welcome back to our oral health blog! We hope that this site is useful to you and your family. Just so you know that we aren’t only concerned with fixing smiles, today we’d like to bring up a subject that may actually make you lose sleep: snoring and sleep apnea.
Have you ever been told that your snoring sounds like someone with a chainsaw fighting a grizzly bear driving a bulldozer?
Even if your condition isn’t quite to that level, you might be afflicted by a condition called sleep apnea. And, yes, your Las Cruces, NM dentist can help! Here at Advanced Dental, we actually see patients most every day who are suffering from sleep apnea while they rest, but don’t even realize it.
Here are some clues that you are experiencing sleep apnea episodes: you are always exhausted and can’t quite seem to get enough sleep; you wake up experiencing trouble breathing; you wake up with a brutal headache; you wake up with a sore or dry throat.
If that sounds like you, it is crucial that you seek a diagnosis and, of course, treatment for sleep apnea as soon as possible. Left unattended, this condition can hasten a stroke, lead to heart disease, and be the root cause of dangerous accidents (mostly due to prolonged periods of sleep deprivation).
Sleep Apnea Is Scary
Obstructed sleep apnea is the variety that we are able to deal with as dentists. This is a fancy way of saying that your airway becomes obstructed while you sleep, causing a chain reaction of problems.
Typically it is your tongue pressing down on your windpipe that chokes off the flow of air, causing you to briefly stop breathing while you sleep. You may find yourself gasping for air as your brain works frantically to pull you back to consciousness so that you can make the necessary adjustments required to resume breathing again.
This can happen numerous times throughout the night. Although your brain manages to bring you back to a higher level of consciousness, that doesn’t mean it totally wakes you up. As such, when you eventually do wake up in the morning, you won’t feel much like rising or shining! This is because your body will feel like you have never really been asleep because of all the interruptions that you may not ever be aware of!
This is not a sustainable way to go on! Treatment will be key for reclaiming your life.
There is a machine known as CPAP that is obtrusive and uncomfortable, but it is a commonly prescribed mechanism for dealing with sleep apnea. The problem is that, while it may help, it is hard to incorporate into your lifestyle. Many folks abandon the machine before too long.
Fortunately, there are alternatives to the CPAP treatment plan. We always suggest self-correction as a first step. Things like losing weight, changing your customary sleeping position, and giving up alcohol and cigarettes can greatly improve your sleep apnea situation.
Still, these adjustments may not be enough to solve your sleeping problem without the help of an oral appliance from Advanced Dental of Las Cruces.
Oral Appliances In Las Cruces
Unlike CPAP machines, oral appliances from your dentist are rather comfortable and natural-feeling. Rather than violently forcing air down through your windpipe, our oral appliances gently push your lower jaw forward to hold your airway open while you sleep. Basically, they keep your tongue out of the way and keep things flowing as they should.
This simple fix enables you to breathe easy throughout the night without having to wear a mask or listen to a loud CPAP machine (that is, in some cases, more annoying to your partner than your snoring was to begin with).
We are confident that you will see a dramatic improvement in your sleep apnea symptoms, almost immediately!
Learn More, Get Started Today!
Are you ready to rest easy again? Advanced Dental can help you reclaim your overall health by treating your sleep apnea in a convenient and effective way!
Contact our Las Cruces, NM dental office today to set up an appointment or consultation. We can’t wait to get started!