July 5, 2017
Do you and your spouse start your days on “the wrong side of the bed?” Your significant other can’t get any sleep because of your constant snoring and choking throughout the night. At the same time, you’ve been overwhelmed with fatigue. It’s a horrible combination for your relationship and the overall quality of your lives. Did you know that this could all be caused by a sleep disorder known as sleep apnea? Now would be the perfect time to visit North Jacksonville Complete Dentistry for help with your sleeping disorder. Not only will we be able to help diagnose you, but can also help treat your sleep apnea in Jacksonville.
Sleep Apnea Sweeps the Nation
Did you know that sleep apnea is potentially deadly? Unfortunately, nearly 22 million Americans have it! Obstructive sleep apnea (the most common type) is a condition that causes the airway to become blocked. This can cause you to pause in breathing or experience very shallow breaths while you sleep.
The lack of oxygen makes your brain suddenly send emergency signals, forcing your body to jolt awake just long enough to clear your airway. Although most patients don’t remember having any difficulty sleeping, sleep apnea critically interrupts your sleep cycle and creates these health complications/symptoms:
- Fatigue and daytime exhaustion
- Severe morning headaches
- Difficulties focusing
- Memory issues
We Can Help You Sleep Again
Did you know that treating sleep apnea can potentially save your life? The American Academy of Sleep Medicine found that untreated sleep apnea patients are at a higher risk to cause an accident than those who don’t have or at least treat their sleep apnea. That risk is just about two and a half times more likely! How else could sleep apnea be affecting your health?
- Your heart and blood vessels work much harder during your pauses in breathing.
- Sleep apnea patients are at higher risk for high blood pressure.
- You become at risk for heart disease.
- There’s a higher chance of you having a stroke.
It’s obvious that finding a solution after you’ve discovered there is an issue with your sleep habits and health should be your main priority. Many patients find relief from their sleep apnea symptoms by simply wearing a custom oral appliance created by their dentist on Dunn Avenue. An oral appliance gently and comfortably shifts your jaw slightly forward, clearing your airway. Oral appliances are perfect for traveling as well because they’re so small and convenient to take with you.
Discovering Your Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can be tricky to diagnose on your own, so it’s important to listen to what your partner notices while you sleep and communicate with our dentists. If you are a partner of a loved one who may potentially have sleep apnea, please reach out to our office.
Once we have determined that obstructive sleep apnea is the cause of your discomfort, we can go straight to developing a custom treatment plan for you—which may include a custom oral appliance. Contact our office today to get started on correcting your sleeping patterns. After all, when you sleep better, you live better.
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