Do you or your partner snore loudly and frequently, only to stop breathing several times during the night? Do you wake up feeling exhausted after what should have been a full night’s sleep? You may be one of the millions of Americans suffering from sleep apnea, and you may not even know it. Sleep apnea is one of the most dangerous and most under-diagnosed chronic diseases because symptoms are largely present during sleep. The good news is Dental Sleep Medicine Associates has a simple, affordable, non-invasive solution – without a CPAP machine!
Sleep apnea is a common and dangerous health problem that can significantly increase your risk of developing heart conditions and other systemic diseases, and can even be deadly. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues in the back of the throat collapse during sleep, preventing the sufferer from breathing properly throughout the night.
Some common characteristics and lifestyle habits that increase your risk of developing sleep apnea include:
Some common signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include (most occur during sleep):
When the only time the body can truly heal and repair itself is during sleep, it’s no wonder that patients suffering from sleep apnea will experience a slow decline in their overall health. When you have trouble breathing throughout the night, the result is low blood oxygen levels, which can contribute to the development of serious heart conditions. Patients with sleep apnea are also five times more likely to get in a car accident after falling asleep at the wheel.
The "gold standard" for sleep apnea treatment today is still considered the CPAP machine. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and is a machine that forces air in and out of the lungs through a small face mask. You must wear your CPAP all night, every night. CPAPs are highly effective, but only when used correctly. Many patients find CPAPs intolerable because they are bulky, invasive and loud, and prevent the user from finding restful sleep. Kind of defeats the purpose, right? (Not to mention the difficulties in portability. Forget about camping!)