Do you pack a heavy, foggy feeling around throughout the day? Sleep apnea burdens Anderson IN residents, many times unannounced. Could you be a secret sufferer?
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type and occurs when the soft tissue in the back of your throat relaxes during sleep, causing a blockage of the airway. As the airflow stops (typically for 10 to 20 seconds and up to hundreds of times a night), the oxygen level in your blood drops. Your brain responds by briefly disturbing your sleep enough to kick start breathing. You probably won’t remember these awakenings, since you’ll stir just enough to tighten your throat muscles and open your windpipe.
When you consider how interrupted your sleep becomes, is it any wonder you don’t wake to feel refreshed? Many complain of greeting the morning with a nagging headache, dry mouth, or sore throat. A long-term lack of adequate deep sleep can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and weight gain.
Statistics show a large percentage of diagnosed sleep apnea patients discontinue the use of assisted-breathing (CPAP) machines within the first year. Why? The discomfort and inconvenience of a mask and oxygen tank are more than some can adjust to. At University Avenue Dental Dr. Pyle offers a more comfortable alternative!
Unobtrusive and discreet, his specially designed dental mouth guards have been hugely successful in treating mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. They slightly advance the lower jaw or tongue, moving the base of the tongue forward enough to maintain an open airway and improve nighttime breathing.
As your jaw’s structure, size of tongue, palate, teeth, and gums are all very individual to you, allow our sleep apnea expert for Anderson IN to guide you! Visit University Avenue Dental today.
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