There is almost nothing worse than waking up in the morning and feeling as though you did not sleep at all. Maybe it seems like you’re even more tired. You may even have the added “bonus” of a sore throat, headache, persistent grogginess, and a grumpy sleeping companion who complains about your snoring.
Does that sound familiar? If you suffer from sleep apnea, sleep disordered breathing, or chronic snoring, then you’re probably all too well acquainted with these frustrating symptoms.
However, did you know it could also cause long term, negative impacts on your health? These serious problems are caused by a lack of productive rest and may include:
- Weight gain and diabetes
- Elevated blood pressure
- Increased risk of stroke or heart attack
- Difficulty staying awake or focused while driving or operating machinery
Stop the Snoring
If you’ve had a sleep test and found out that you have obstructive sleep apnea, then there are a couple of proven and effective treatments to deal with your unrestful nights.
Depending on your specific case, your sleep specialist may suggest the use of a Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) treatment. With this type of therapy, a fitted mask is placed over your mouth and nose that provides constant air pressure. This increases oxygen intake through your airways and reduces obstructed breathing while you sleep. Unfortunately, many people feel that wearing a CPAP at night gets in their way of comfortable sleep, or is too noisy to share the room.
For those with specific types and severities of sleep apnea, your dentist may be able to assist by fitting you with a custom oral sleep appliance. This convenient device is placed in your mouth before you sleep and adjusts the position of your jaw to open up your airway in a natural manner. In many cases, this will provide the extra room needed to effectively treat the obstruction caused by relaxed, soft palate tissues resting against your tongue or back of the throat.
Worried About Your Snoring?
If you’re concerned about your snoring and would like to have a complimentary consultation, contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Aiello. We might have the appliance you need to get a restful night’s sleep from the very first time you wear it!