May 24, 2017
Snoring, although deemed to be annoying, is something that people like to joke about, and give each other a hard time over. But if you regularly snore like a buzzsaw, there might actually be something worse going on than just you interrupting the sleep of others in your house. In fact, you might have a serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. Left untreated, this can be dangerous, even deadly.
But there is some good news: we can help you work through such issues through sleep dentistry. At our Boone, NC dentist’s office we know just what to do for patients that are suffering through life in a sleep-deprived condition. Please read on to hear all about how we can treat certain types of sleep apnea at Appalachian Dental Care, and then be sure to follow up and schedule your consultation with Dr. Airey.
What Does Sleep Apnea Look Like?
You might not realize that you have sleep apnea, which makes it all the more hazardous to your health. But you should be aware of the signposts: you are often told by others that you snore loudly; you are perpetually feeling wiped out and can’t ever seem to get enough sleep; you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night gasping for breath; you regularly wake up in the morning with a bad headache; you also wake up with a sore or dry throat; you are more irritable than usual as you go about your life.
If any of that sounds like you, it is key for your survival that you seek a proper diagnosis and treatment for sleep apnea sooner rather than later. You see, when left undiagnosed or untreated, this condition can trigger a stroke, bring about heart disease, and cause you to act in a reckless manner, especially when you get behind the wheel.
What Is Happening?
Here’s the lowdown: Central Sleep Apnea Disorder and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Disorder are the two main ways in which the condition manifests itself.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the one we can help with at Appalachian Dental Care. It happens when your throat muscles relax to the point that they obstruct your airways. This causes you to snore and leads to extended breaks in night-time breathing and typically forces you to suddenly wake up struggling for air.
That is horrible, right? But wait, it gets worse. Because your brain is busy all night keeping you alive, when you wake up in the morning, you won’t feel rested at all! This is not a sustainable way to live, and something will have to give.
Can A Dentist Provide Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Dentists can make a big difference in all of this. In fact, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine added oral appliances as a primary treatment option for patients with mild or moderate sleep apnea in the last decade, which paved the way for more progressive solutions.
Ultimately, this allows patients who have difficulty using a CPAP machine to explore other options. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Airey design a custom-made oral appliance just for your unique mouth. It is basically a snore guard, but it won’t be as invasive as a CPAP machine and it might just save your life, as well as your relationships at home.
Here’s how they work: these oral appliances work to shift your jaw forward just enough to make a difference when you are sleeping. Wearing such a dental snore guard will you allow you to continue to breathe normally throughout the night, and greatly diminish your snoring, so that you can get the rest that you deserve.
Wake Up And Call Dr. Airey!
We hope that this information has been helpful. If you suspect that you may be suffering from sleep apnea, get in touch with Dr. Airey right away to schedule your sleep dentistry consultation in Boone, NC! Give us a call today at 828-355-5673 or feel free to simply use our online form.