Do you snore? Do you wake-up exhausted each morning, looking forward to a nap later in the day? Have you ever been diagnosed with narcolepsy? You may be dealing with a moderate to severe case of sleep apnea (OSA). At Value Dental Centers in Mesa, AZ, our team of trained professionals can treat your sleep disorder by fitting you with a custom-made oral appliances. The small, comfortable device will open up your throat so that you can breathe clearly and get a complete night’s rest. We know that lack of sleep can take a toll on your overall quality of life. OSA can affect your job, relationships, and even your self-confidence. With our care, you could notice a dramatic change in the quality of your sleep, your mood, and even your job performance.
What is Sleep Apnea
If you suffer from sleep apnea, your throat muscles or soft palate will droop during the night, causing your airways to close. Because of the cessation of breath, you will wake-up several times throughout the night. In most cases you will be unaware of the breaks in your sleep pattern. However, in more severe cases, your breathing could stop for several minutes, causing you to wake up with a sharp gasp for air.
Although anyone can develop sleep apnea, there are several factors that could increase your risk. For example, you are more likely to develop the condition if you are male, overweight, or middle aged. You may also develop sleep apnea if you have a narrow neck, enlarged tonsils or adenoids, or a family history of the condition.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Snoring is one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea. Other frequent signs of the condition can include:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Chronic exhaustion
- Waking up feeling drained
- Waking up with a sore throat and/or dry mouth
- Multiple trips to the bathroom at night
- Difficulty concentrating
- Moodiness and irritability
If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to schedule a consultation with our team of practitioners so we can get you the help you need.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatments
In most cases, we will treat sleep apnea by designing and fitting you with a small oral appliance. These individually crafted devices are different from a loud and bulky CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine that a doctor might prescribe. Instead, they will fit directly over your teeth, pushing your lower jaw forward. In this way, your appliance will realign your jaw, tighten your soft palate, and help open up your throat. Almost immediately, you will enjoy a quiet and restful night’s sleep.
In other cases, we can provide a tongue retaining device that will have the same effect.
The Significant Benefits of Sleep Apnea Treatment
When you wear your device as directed, you could notice a dramatic difference in the way you feel. Many of our patients have commented that in just a few days of wearing their device, they have felt happier, more motivated, and more alert. It’s not uncommon for friends, family, and co-workers to notice a difference in your mood and professional performance, as well.
Sleep apnea treatment will not only give you a better night’s sleep. It could also increase your overall physical health. Some of the long-term benefits of sleep apnea treatment include lower blood pressure, as well as a reduced risk for heart attack and stroke.
Contact Us Today
Contact our office if you think you are suffering from the symptoms of sleep apnea. Your good night’s rest is just a phone call away.