Sleep Apnea & Snoring
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that affects the quality of life of the person with the disease, as well as those who love them most. People with the disorder regularly stop breathing during sleep, reducing the amount of oxygen to the brain and causing a multitude of medical conditions including: high blood pressure, diabetes, heart failure, heart attacks, depression, headaches, memory issues, grogginess, and stroke. Many times the way sleep apnea manifests is by loud and chronic snoring. You may also experience brief periods where breathing is stopped. While a staggering 90% of individuals with the disease are undiagnosed, here are some of the signs and symptoms:
- Grogginess upon waking
- Memory problems or difficulty concentrating
- Swelling of the legs
- Nighttime choking or gasping for breath
- Nighttime restlessness
The good news, there is help. For some patients a machine (C-Pap) may be needed to provide assistance. But for many others - those with mild sleep apnea, (and even for those using a C-Pap machine with moderate to severe sleep apnea), a dental device can be created that will help to open the airway and provide relief.
- custom fit - your dentist will create a custom appliance specifically designed for you
- allows speech and drinking - once placed in the mouth before bedtime, you have no challenges responding to others or quenching your thirst.
- discreet and silent - for many the C-Pap machine is loud and too attention grabbing. A dental appliance can be worn without drawing attention.
For all practitioners who diagnose and treat sleep apnea the biggest challenge is patient compliance. "We are pleased to be able to provide a device that is custom fit and comfortable, can be worn while speaking and drinking and most importantly, is silent and discreet," says Dr. Judith Strutz.
Concerned that you or a loved one might be suffering from sleep apnea, call our office today to learn how we can help!