What is Sleep Apnea?
Are you or a loved one struggling with feeling tired, no matter how many hours of sleep you’re getting? Are your loved ones complaining about your incessant snoring? Or is your loved one keeping you up all night because of snoring? Are you having trouble concentrating, do you have headaches or feeling like you are dragging through your day? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, it may be that you, or a loved one, is suffering from one of the most common sleep disorders, sleep apnea.
Simply explained, sleep apnea is the stopping of breathing while sleeping. These “stops” can be one to two seconds or several minutes. You can sleep poorly through these stops, or they can be so severe that you wake up. No matter how it manifests itself, sleep apnea is one of the most detrimental of sleep disorders because you are not getting good rest. This can lead to a variety of problems, some of them potentially life threatening.
The adverse systemic health consequences of apnea are beginning to become clear in the research. Apnea has been linked to high blood pressure, increased risk of stroke in men, difficulty with weight loss, increased risk of heart attack, and an increased risk for diabetes.
What are the benefits of Treating Sleep Apnea and Sleeping Well?
- Longer, Healthier Life – As new research illuminates the detrimental long term health consequences of apnea, there has never been a more important time to consider treatment. By eliminating the root cause of these various problems, we are ensuring a longer, healthier life!
- Energy – You will have more energy. Once you start feeling that energy again, you will be amazed at how truly drained you had felt before.
- Productivity – Following a good night’s sleep your productivity level can drastically improve. This will lead to more ease in navigating daily life at work and at home.
- Mental Abilities – Poor sleep has a dramatic effect on mental sharpness. Imagine what it is like to be able to think through things easily and effectively.
At Burns Family Dentistry we offer easy, at-home Sleep Apnea testing. Following the diagnosis, we will then work with you to design a custom dental appliance that is worn at night and helps maintain an open functioning airway. While our focus is often creating and maintaining beautiful smiles, we also care about your overall systemic health. Please come and talk to us about how a simple solution can make such a profound difference in your life!