Sleep apnea is a very serious condition that affects millions of Americans. This condition is often misdiagnosed or overlooked by doctors. It is such a major condition that it can cause many health concerns if not properly treated.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea patient are often older, obese and have thick necks, but men and women of any age or body type can have sleep apnea. The sleep disorder progressively worsens with age and weight gain.
- Unintentionally falling asleep during the day
- General daytime sleepiness
- Unrefreshed sleep
- Waking from sleep with a choking sound or gasping for breath
- Loud snoring
If you have have these symptoms, you might have sleep apnea. The Epworth Sleepiness Scale can help you further determine if you likely have sleep apnea. Call Morgan Hill Sleep Apnea Center at 408-778-9977 for a complimentary consultation now.
Untreated OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) Increases Your Risk For:
- Driving and work-related accidents
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Memory loss
- Morning headaches
- Impaired concentration
- Decreased sex drive
- Restless Leg Syndrome
There are a variety of treatment options which are available to those experiencing OSA. The one which has been receiving the most attention right now is therapy by using an oral appliance fitted by a dentist.
This oral appliance or device is much like dental braces for straightening teeth or a mouth guard to help people who grind their teeth while sleeping.
When used properly, an oral appliance will hold open your lower jaw and push it forward while you are sleeping. This stops the tongue from falling back and touching the back of your throat, which causes an obstruction.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine states that oral appliances are the recommended first step of treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea.
Currently, there are almost 85 FDA-approved appliances for treating sleep apnea. Oral appliances offer a nice choice for treating recently diagnosed people and also for people who have already been diagnosed as having sleep apnea but are not happy with the advised CPAP therapy.
These are just some of the quality appliances you can find at our dental office. They all accomplish the identical job of holding your jaw open and in a forward position. This position supports the loose, collapsible tissues of the airway, thus making it wider and more secure.
To begin using an oral appliance immediately, please get in touch with Morgan Hill Sleep Apnea Center to discuss your options.