Have you recently been accused of snoring loudly at night? Do you often wake up with headaches or suffer from them frequently? Do you find yourself feeling exhausted by the afternoon? Did you know that you might be suffering from a sleep disorder called sleep apnea?
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a dangerous sleep disorder that occurs when your airway are obstructed. This typically happens when soft tissues in your throat collapse during sleep, making it difficult or impossible to breathe. Sleep apnea causes loud snoring, pauses in breathing throughout the night, and you might awake frequently with a cough or a gasp.
Sleep Apnea's Affect on Your Health
Getting a good night's rest is so important, and sleep apnea has an impact on many aspects of your health such as:
- Contributing to headaches and migraines
- Causing stroke
- Heart failure
- High blood pressure
Sleep apnea contributes to many of these conditions as well as affecting your performance and ability to concentrate and focus during the day.
Treating Sleep Apnea
CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure therapy is the standard of care for sleep apnea. However, many patients have a hard time being compliant with CPAP because it requires you to wear a mask and sleep with a machine at night that some people find to be loud.
Your dentist can also help with sleep apnea treatment in Bridgeton, MO. A specially designed oral appliance can be worn at night while you sleep. It is comfortable to wear, easy to get used to, and it's designed to slightly reposition your jaw for clear breathing during the night.
If you suspect that you or a loved one might be suffering from sleep apnea, we encourage you to contact Dr. Kevin Burgdorf. He has training and expertise in helping patients successfully manage their sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy.
A good night's rest is just a phone call away! Call Dr. Burgdorf to schedule your sleep apnea consultation today.