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TREATING SLEEP APNEA WITHOUT SURGERY

Posted by Roz on Jul 15 2021, 09:19 AM

Do you snore loudly and wake up feeling tired after a full night’s sleep? You might have sleep apnea. The good news is treating sleep apnea without surgery is possible.

WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder in which sleeping starts and stops repeatedly. While sleeping, your tongue relaxes slightly. This relaxation can cause the soft tissues in your breathing passage to vibrate as your try to breathe. This vibration causes snoring.

The tongue can relax to a point that completely obstructs the passageway. This condition is called sleep apnea. With sleep apnea, your breathing is actually interrupted which causes a deprivation of oxygen. This deprivation interrupts your sleep and the cycle repeats through the night. You end up still feeling tired in the morning.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF SLEEP APNEA?

Do you suffer from sleep apnea? The most common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring that’s loud enough at times to wake others near you.
  • Very dry or sore throat when waking up from sleep. This is because apnea often causes you to breathe through your mouth.
  • Dry mouth, also due to mouth breathing.
  • Gasping for air while sleeping.
  • Inability to stay asleep (insomnia).
  • Excessive sleepiness, or lack of energy during the day.
  • Morning headaches.
  • Irritability

If you often suffer from any of these symptoms, talk with your doctor about them. Your doctor can let you know if sleep apnea is the cause.

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH EFFECTS OF SLEEP APNEA?

If sleep apnea is not treated, it can increase the risk of health problems such as:

  • Headaches
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart problems, such as heart attacks, strokes, or abnormal heartbeats
  • Depression
  • Liver problems

TREATING SLEEP APNEA WITHOUT SURGERY

So you may be wondering, how do you fix sleep apnea? Treating sleep apnea without surgery is very possible. An oral appliance may be used to treat those with less severe sleep apnea. This involves wearing a removable oral appliance (like a mouth guard) while sleeping.

Rota Advanced Dental Care of Colorado Springs Somnomed Appliance for treating sleep apnea without surgerytreats snoring and sleep apnea with the simple and effective SomnoMed appliance. This appliance repositions the lower jaw in a slightly protrusive position, eliminating snoring. It will usually eliminate or greatly reduce your obstructive apnea as well.

If you would like to learn more about treating sleep apnea without surgery, schedule an appointment with us today to talk about your best options.


 

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