If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, it’s easy to feel nervous about what’s ahead. Fortunately, at our office in Mt. Vernon, a sleep apnea diagnosis doesn’t need to be stressful. Perry Family Dentistry can provide you with custom sleep apnea appliances that will improve your health and help make your sleep restful again.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a medical condition that causes frequent stops and starts in your breathing while you are asleep. As a result, people who suffer from sleep apnea rarely get a good night’s sleep and often feel tired or achy in the morning—particularly suffering from frequent headaches and migraines.
Who Is at Risk for Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea can affect anyone, although certain demographics are at higher risk than others. If you’re in one of the following categories, you may be at a slightly higher risk of developing sleep apnea.
- Smokers. People who smoke regularly are significantly more likely to experience sleep apnea, as smoking can increase inflammation and fluid retention in the airway.
- Family history of sleep apnea. Like many other health conditions, sleep apnea can be hereditary. If you have a family member with sleep apnea, your risk is slightly higher.
- Overweight. Partly due to increased airway pressure or extra fatty tissues in the throat, overweight individuals are at increased risk for sleep apnea. Losing weight can effectively remove this extra risk.
- Male. Men are 2–3 times more likely to develop sleep apnea than women, although women’s risk of sleep apnea increases after menopause.
What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a frustrating condition to deal with, but it comes with plenty of warning signs to help you recognize exactly what you’re dealing with. If you’re experiencing any combination of the symptoms below, you might be living with sleep apnea.
- Heavy snoring.
- Feeling tired throughout the day, even after a full night’s sleep.
- Regularly waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat.
- Experiencing headaches throughout the day, especially in the morning.
- Difficulty focusing or concentrating during your day, even after a full night’s sleep.
- Abruptly waking up from sleep, especially while gasping or feeling short of breath.
Why Is It Important To Receive a Diagnosis for Sleep Apnea?
At face value, sleep apnea might sound annoying rather than dangerous. However, untreated sleep apnea can have serious consequences, including an increased risk of:
- Heart disease.
- Heart attacks.
Receiving a diagnosis and treating your sleep apnea will not only improve your sleep, but your long-term health as well.
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Most people with mild to moderate sleep apnea can start sleeping well again with the help of a sleep apnea appliance. These appliances are worn at night like a mouthguard and will gently widen your airway so it’s easier to breathe through the night and get a good night’s rest.
While we don’t diagnose sleep apnea in our office, we have years of experience working with local sleep physicians to provide the medical equipment they need to treat sleep apnea. We provide ProSomnus Sleep Apnea and Snoring Devices to help keep your airway open at night to give you a better night’s sleep.
When you come to Perry Family Dentistry for your sleep apnea treatment, you can expect to be fitted with a custom ProSomnus Sleep Apnea mouthguard within just a couple appointments:
At your first appointment with us, Dr. Perry will evaluate your mouth and jaws. With our dental technology, we can take effective images of your mouth to make sure you receive an appliance that fits you comfortably.
At your next appointment, we will make sure the appliance is properly fitted for you and feels natural in your mouth.
We are committed to treating your sleep apnea in an effective, comfortable way that gives you peace of mind and the ability to sleep through the night.
Start Sleeping Through the Night Again With ProSomnus Sleep Apnea Appliances
You don’t need to live with debilitating sleep apnea when the solution is so easily accessible in our office. Contact Perry Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our sleep apnea appliances!