You know that you don’t feel rested when you wake up in the morning. Your family members complain about your constant snoring. These could be clues that you have a sleep disorder that is preventing you from getting the quality sleep that you want and need to be at your best. You can get treatment for your sleep apnea in Rockdale, TX at our dental office. Our team can help you:
- Enjoy deep, restful sleep
- Stop or greatly reduce your snoring
- Feel more alert throughout the day
- Have more energy when you wake up
- Improve your overall health
You want to live your best life. You can’t do that if you aren’t getting enough quality sleep. Fortunately, you can get help from your dental team at Sabal Dental. Ask us about apnea at your next dental exam, or call 512-598-9906 to set up a consultation. If you haven’t been diagnosed, talk to us to find out how you can get a sleep test.
Sleep Better With an Oral Appliance
People who are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are often given a CPAP machine to treat their condition. To use this machine, you wear a mask while you are sleeping that is connected to the machine. The CPAP pushes air through the mask to keep your airway open. This allows you to keep breathing and remain asleep longer. Unfortunately, many people find CPAPs difficult to use.
This is where we can help. We can create a special oral appliance for you to wear. Your appliance slightly shifts the position of your lower jaw, which keeps your airway from closing while you sleep. Compared to a CPAP, it is:
- Small, so it is easy to bring with you when you travel for vacation or work
- Easy to use, with no need for electricity, batteries, or supplies like distilled water
- Unobtrusive, with no mask to wear or noise from a motor to bother your bed partner
Know if You Have Symptoms of This Sleep Disorder
According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, an estimated 30 million people in the United States have OSA. Yet, a majority of people who do have never been diagnosed. Snoring is common among people with this condition, but it is something your loved ones and friends are likely more aware of than you are. Because your snoring keeps them awake, they are more likely to notice your breathing stoppages as well.
Those stoppages are what make sleep apnea so harmful to your overall health. They can happen dozens of times every hour that you are asleep and hundreds of times each night. When you stop breathing, your body responds by waking you up. This is often so brief that you have no memory of it happening. Even so, you rarely stay asleep long enough to reach the restful stages of deep sleep.
People with untreated sleep apnea have a higher risk of health issues, including high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, and cardiovascular disease. Your lack of deep sleep can also lead to sleep deprivation, which makes you more likely to be involved in automobile accidents.
You should see our team if you are experiencing these symptoms:
- Complaints about your snoring
- Dry mouth
- Daytime sleepiness
- Trouble staying focused at work or on household projects
- Feeling like you haven’t really slept
- Waking up with headaches
Don’t let bad sleep spoil your daily life! Schedule a consultation to discuss treating your sleep apnea in Rockdale, TX. Call 512-598-9906 or schedule online.