Does your partner complain of excessive snoring or that you stop breathing in the middle of the night?
Snoring can put a damper on your love life because it may force you into sleeping in the other room so that you do not keep your spouse awake. Did you know that excessive snoring is a sign of sleep apnea, a dangerous medical condition?
The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. Just as the name describes, obstructive sleep apnea causes a blockage in your airway. The tissue from your neck or the back of your throat can block your airway and you may stop breathing from a few to hundreds of times each night. Certain groups of people are more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea than others. If you are over fifty, overweight, or a male, you are at a greater risk of developing this serious medical condition.
The only way to find out if you have sleep apnea is by getting a referral from your doctor to a qualified sleep clinic for testing. Most often when patients receive a positive diagnosis, their doctor prescribes a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine. The CPAP machine helps most people get a better night’s sleep, but some patients do not tolerate CPAP machines very well.
For those patients who are looking for an alternative solution, we offer sleep apnea devices that gently guide your lower jaw forward to open your airway and allow for less restriction, which means less snoring and better sleep.
If you do not treat sleep apnea, you may develop serious conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity, fatigue, and heart conditions. Both sleep and appropriate levels of oxygen are necessary for good health and a high quality of life. At Keledjian Dental, we look forward to helping you and your partner to get a restful night’s sleep with one of our comfortable and effective treatment appliances.
Contact Keledjian Dental to learn more!