Sleep Apnea Is A Not-So-Silent Health Problem

Imagine a condition that affects tens of millions of people. Now imagine that 50 percent of the people with this condition. And imagine this condition increases their risk for cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and strokes.

You don’t have to imagine it. Sleep apnea fits the description above, but it can be treated. You can start by making an appointment with our dentists in Las Cruces, NM.

At Advanced Dental, we can help you get tested and design a treatment to help you — and your loved ones — sleep better. To help you determine if you should talk to someone about sleep apnea, we will discuss some common symptoms of this condition. We also will touch on the effects of sleep apnea, and how a dentist can help you treatment this life-altering condition.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Harvey Reiter, call 575-680-1037 or contact us online today.


Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea

The American Sleep Apnea Association notes that more than 20 million people in the United States are estimated to have this sleep disorder. Yet, only about half of them have been diagnosed.

In other words, millions of people are not getting the treatment they need for a condition that can affect their lives and the lives of people around them. To understand what we mean, let’s look at some common symptoms of sleep apnea:

☐ Loud, persistent snoring

☐ Irritability

☐ Daytime sleepiness

☐ Difficulty concentrating on work or tasks

☐ Morning headaches

☐ Breathing stoppages throughout the night

We will return to those breathing stoppages in a moment. For now, look at the other symptoms, and think of how it affects you as well as the people around you.

Does your family complain about your snoring keeping them awake at night? Do you have trouble staying awake while watching television, at work, or (worse) while driving?

Do you become irritated easily, and if so, how does that affect the people you deal with on a daily basis?

Your sleep apnea affects you in serious ways, but it affects the people closest to you as well.

Dr. Reiter could help. Dr. Reiter wants to help. To get started, call 575-680-1037 to schedule an appointment at our dentist office if you live in or near Las Cruces, NM. This could be the first step toward better sleep for you and your loved ones.


The Risks Of Untreated Sleep Apnea

The staff at Advanced Dental wants our patients to be as healthy as possible. That’s a big reason we offer sleep apnea treatment at our office.

Studies have shown that sleep apnea can increase your risk of:

▸ Cardiovascular disease

▸ High blood pressure

▸ Heart attacks

▸ Strokes

▸ Car accidents

When you have sleep apnea, you stop breathing during the night. For someone with obstructive sleep apnea (the most common type of sleep apnea), his or her airways become blocked by soft tissues when they fall asleep.

This can result in breathing stoppages the occur from four to more than 30 times every hour they are sleeping. How does your body respond to this?

If you airways are partially blocked, this will make your snoring louder (which your spouse or partner may have mentioned already). When you airways are completely blocked, you may stop breathing for up to 30 seconds at a time.

Your body will wake you up just long enough to take a few breaths before you doze off again. You may not remember these incidents, but you do feel their effects.

The fight to keep you breathing — and alive — releases a stress hormone that can contribute to higher blood pressure as your risk for cardiovascular problems.

The frequent waking up also prevents you from reaching the stages of deep sleep. That can lead to sleep deprivation, which would explain daytime sleepiness. When that happens behind the wheel of a car or truck, it explains why people with untreated sleep apnea are more likely to be involved in accidents than other drivers.

Get the help you need by making an appointment at Advanced Dental today.


Our Sleep Apnea Treatment Process

The first step is confirming that you do have sleep apnea. The best way to diagnose this sleep disorder is with a sleep study.

Dr. Reiter works with a sleep physician who can test you here in Las Cruces, NM. When your sleep apnea is confirmed, we can begin work on your treatment.

Treating obstructive sleep apnea involves keeping your airways open. One way to do that is with a CPAP machine. This uses air pressure to force your airways open while you are asleep. This also means wearing a mask while you sleep and listening to the machine next to you, which is why unfortunately many people do not use their CPAPs like they should.

At Advanced Dental, we can create an oral appliance for you instead. This appliance pulls your jaw forward slightly. This helps to keep your airways open, which allows you to snore less and sleep more deeply.

To learn more about this sleep apnea treatment, all you have to do is make an appointment at Advanced Dental in Las Cruces.

Call 575-680-1037 or contact us online today to get started.


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