Snoring is only one symptom of sleep apnea. Fatigue, concentration and memory problems, headaches, and trouble breathing are other signs, and the long-term consequences of untreated sleep apnea are even more serious.
If CPAP therapy hasn’t worked for your sleep apnea, Florida Smile Design offers oral appliance therapy, a noninvasive, convenient method to help you get a better night’s sleep.
Symptoms experienced as a result of sleep apnea can vary from person to person depending on the severity of the condition (it can be mild, moderate, or severe) and how long they’ve been battling it. However, chronic snoring and waking up gasping for air tend to be the universal signs. In fact, a person with sleep apnea may stop breathing for at least 10 seconds up to 100 times per hour. If your body isn’t getting the oxygen it needs, it can’t conduct its healing processes—this causes systems to go, well, haywire.
Sleep apnea is often seen as a disorder that only affects overweight individuals. This is a dangerous misconception. Although obesity contributes to a larger neck circumference and smaller airway, it’s far from being the only risk factor. Another fact that surprises people is that children can be diagnosed with sleep apnea, too—up to 4% of children deal with it, and it’s frequently misdiagnosed as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
If you’ve been suffering from sleepless nights to the point that you don’t look forward to your head meeting the pillow at the end of your day, we would love to inform you of a comfortable, convenient way to treat your obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines have been the gold standard of treatment for years, but your options include a subtler, less invasive solution.
If you have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy could be your ticket to Better Sleepville. Jokes aside, an oral appliance is worn like a nightguard. It’s customized to fit your mouth comfortably and works by gently shifting your lower jaw forward, which prevents the collapse of your airway. Imagine deep, even breathing and a night without several awakenings—it can be your reality!