Does your partner complain about your snoring? When you wake up in the morning, do you consistently feel as if you didn’t sleep well? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. Millions of people struggle with a condition called sleep apnea and don’t get sufficient quality rest night after night. But the good news is that we at EMA Dental can do something about it! We can alleviate your sleep apnea symptoms and give you the peaceful sleep you desperately need and deserve.
Sleep apnea is a condition that consists of consistent lapses in breathing for more than ten seconds during sleep. These breaks trigger a stress signal to your body, waking you up enough to resume breathing. Also, these lapses can occur up to thirty times per hour, interfering with your ability to achieve restful sleep and feel rested. Many times, sleep apnea is caused specifically by something blocking the airway, called obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can manifest in many ways, including the following:
Based on these symptoms, if you think you have sleep apnea, you can contact us, and we will recommend a sleep center where you can undergo a sleep study to confirm your diagnosis.
You may think that sleep apnea is not a big deal, that it’s just an annoyance, but in reality it can have serious consequences if you don’t seek necessary treatment. If you drive while drowsy, you increase your risk of an accident. In fact, some studies have shown that driving while intoxicated and drowsy driving can be equally dangerous. Also, repeated research has linked sleep apnea to several health problems, including high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease. Sleep apnea treatment can help you avoid these health and safety risks in addition to enjoy a better night’s sleep.
Although a CPAP machine can help some patients address their sleep apnea, others find that the device disrupts their rest more than the sleep apnea itself. Instead, you can come to our East Longmeadow office to get a custom-made oral appliance. It opens up the airway by repositioning the lower jaw forward, which keeps neck and facial tissue from relaxing too much and obstructing air flow. Our highly qualified dentists can provide this oral appliance for you right here in our East Longmeadow office.
You can wake up feeling refreshed instead of exhausted! If you have additional questions about sleep apnea or sleep apnea therapy, we invite you to contact us. We will happily address your concerns and help you get on the path to better sleep and quality of life.