Are you often accused of loud snoring during the night? Do you frequently wake up with headaches? Do you find that you’re typically tired during the day and have difficulty concentrating on your tasks? If so, you might be suffering from sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that affects more people than you might expect. It is linked to fatigue, weight gain, headaches, and many other health conditions. Dr. Aiello can screen patients for sleep apnea and make appropriate referrals to a sleep physician as needed.
Some forms of sleep apnea originate from soft tissue blockage of the airway. That is, the jaw slips back, the tongue is elevated, and the soft palate or pharynx comes into contact with the other tissues and seals off oxygen flow. The lack of oxygen causes you to wake from sleeping, which can happen hundreds of times throughout the night in some cases. Though you may not realize how often you’re waking up during the night, the lack of restful sleep takes its toll on your body.
The Debilitating Effects of Sleep Apnea
From lack of concentration to chronic fatigue, sleep apnea dramatically impacts your daily life. However, beyond the day to day difficulties, there are also more significant ramifications that sleep apnea has on your overall health such as contributing to:
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- Weight gain
- Heart failure
When your body is not allowed to get the restful sleep it needs, every system is affected.
Treating Sleep Apnea
CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure therapy is the standard of care for patients with sleep apnea. Because this involves wearing a mask while sleeping, many patients find it hard to be compliant with CPAP therapy. Other patients find it hard to sleep with the noise of the machine.
Whether you suspect that you are suffering from sleep apnea, or you are already diagnosed and are CPAP intolerant – we may have a solution for you.
Dr. Aiello’s custom fitted sleep appliances slightly reposition your jaw and open the airway, improving your sleep quality as soon as the first night. Sleep appliances are comfortable to wear and may be all that’s needed for mild cases of sleep apnea. For severe cases, an appliance can often be combined with CPAP therapy.
Schedule a Complimentary Consultation
If you haven’t been getting the quality of sleep that you deserve, you’re waking up tired each day, or loud snoring is an issue, it may be time to consider talking with Dr. Aiello. Schedule a complimentary consultation with us to discuss your concerns and find out how we may be able to help you sleep better than you have in years.