Put Your Snoring And Sleep Apnea To Rest
Welcome to our final oral health blog for the month of March! What brings you here today? Can’t sleep?
…tired of always feeling tired?
…waking up in the dead of the night gasping for breath?
…ashamed of your over-the-top snoring?
…regularly getting headaches during the day?
Then you might be one of the millions of American afflicted by sleep apnea. And that is the bad news. When it goes undiagnosed or untreated, this life-altering condition can hasten a stroke, lead to heart disease, and it can be the underlying cause of careless accidents (due to lack of sleep). But the good news is that we currently have some dependable treatments for curing sleep apnea in our Advanced Dental of Las Cruces office.
Losing Sleep Over Sleep Apnea
As your partner for oral health, we care about your teeth and gums, but also your overall health and wellness. We know that your body is run by a series of interconnected systems. That’s why there are often dental cures for other problems.
Obstructed sleep apnea is the type of this condition that we are able to fix as oral health professionals. Getting this diagnosis is just a technical way of saying that your airway becomes obstructed while you sleep, triggering larger problems for you.
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!
Try Changing Your Ways!
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!
Oral Appliances Can Change Your Life For The Better
Unlike CPAP machines, oral appliances from Advanced Dental are very comfortable and they feel natural in your mouth. Instead of 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.
We are confident that you will experience a HUGE improvement in your sleep apnea symptoms, almost immediately after trying the oral appliance route.
Get Back On Track!
Contact our Las Cruces, NM dental office and schedule your sleep apnea consultation today!
We will help you get back to a normal existence!