Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep Apnea Treatment: Alternatives to CPAP in Clearwater, Florida
Are you or your partner losing sleep due to constant, loud snoring? While loud snoring is definitely an annoyance to everyone within hearing distance, there could be something more serious going on.
Obstructive sleep apnea affects millions of Americans each night, but very few are receiving effective, comfortable treatment. With oral appliances for sleep apnea, we can help you get more rest and have a healthier life!
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
While there are two types of sleep apnea, our focus is on the more prevalent obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is caused by the relaxing of your throat muscles as you sleep, which causes your airway to become blocked. Your brain will pull your body awake just enough to make you begin breathing again. This can happen up to 50 times an hour!
Things like weight, the circumference of your neck, sleep position, tobacco use, and alcohol use can all exacerbate OSA and make your symptoms worse. The most common and obvious symptom is the loud, obnoxious snoring, but it is not the only sign that something is amiss. You might also wake up gasping, or choking. The constantly interrupted sleep may cause drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, or headaches.
Treating Sleep Apnea
When it comes to treating sleep apnea, you can begin with simple changes to your habits, like avoiding alcohol, cutting back on tobacco use, losing weight, and changing your sleep position (avoid sleeping on your back). These simple life changes can have a massive impact on your ability to sleep well, but sometimes it’s not enough.
Some doctors will recommend a CPAP machine. While effective, the CPAP is rather uncomfortable. Many patients who have a CPAP choose not to wear it because the mask and sound of the machine are distractions from sleep.
Not treating sleep apnea is simply not an option. Sleep apnea has been associated with serious health concerns like heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and the risk for sleep-related accidents. With so much on the line, you can see why it is so important to take care of this problem now!
Here at Clearwater Dental Associates, we are pleased to be able to offer oral appliances for sleep apnea patients. The appliances are comfortable to wear and effective at holding your airways open so that you can rest better! A sleep apnea oral appliance fits comfortably over your teeth and pushes your lower jaw forward to maintain an open breathing passage. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about traveling with your CPAP or losing it through baggage claim again! The sleep apnea oral appliance can fit in your pocket!
It’s time that you took care of your sleep apnea once and for all. An oral appliance can change the way you and your family sleep! To learn more about how to stop snoring struggle, call our office at 727-373-6628 or contact us through our online form. We can’t wait to help you have a better sleep experience!