Are you having trouble staying awake throughout the day? Do you wake up in the morning feeling like you hardly slept at all? Do family members complain that your snoring is getting louder and louder? You may have sleep apnea, but fortunately, Pacific Northwest Smiles can help, with sleep apnea treatment.
What is sleep apnea?
Patients with sleep apnea can have difficulty breathing when they are asleep; breathing can even stop for as long as a minute, and the patient wakes up gasping for air. In the short term, it can cause headaches, irritability, loud snoring, and a dry mouth even when awake. It can also make it difficult to stay awake during the day, which makes it difficult to get work done and to enjoy life. Apnea can also hurt your health in the long term: it can increase the risk of liver problems, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, and heart problems.
Who gets sleep apnea?
Older adults and men are at increased risk of having sleep apnea. There are also some health issues and behaviors that may increase the risk, such as smoking, being overweight, or having asthma, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or congestive heart failure. Nasal congestion can also cause a person to develop sleep apnea.
How is sleep apnea treated?
A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is a common way to treat sleep apnea nowadays, but there is another option – an oral appliance. An oral appliance can open up the airway while you sleep so that it is easier to breathe. And, it is a more comfortable option than a CPAP machine, which must be used with a bulky mask that is worn all night. An oral appliance simply fits in your mouth over your teeth, like a mouth guard.
An oral appliance is convenient, comfortable, and easy to use, so that you can get a good night’s sleep and so that you can enjoy your time when you are awake! If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Pacific Northwest Smiles can custom make an oral appliance for you. Call 425-357-6400 for an appointment today!