Sleep apnea affects more than 18 million Americans a year according to the National Sleep Foundation. This condition not only prevents people from being well-rested, but it is also potentially dangerous. At Randolph Family Dental, we provide oral appliances that can help you get the healthy sleep you need.
Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in your throat become overly relaxed. This causes a blockage in your airways and makes it difficult to breathe normally. The common signs are an excessively loud snore and momentary pauses in breathing while sleeping. In order to combat this, your body will subtly wake itself up to engage the relaxed muscles so you can breathe again. This prevents you from reaching the deep level of sleep you need to be well-rested and can lead to other problems like exhaustion, high blood pressure, heart problems, and even issues like diabetes, metabolic issues, and liver damage.
While there are invasive methods like surgery, there are also safe, effective and conservative options to try like oral appliances. Oral appliances are custom-fit to adjust your jaw’s positioning, promoting more open airways so you can breathe easier while you sleep. It is a comfortable device to wear to sleep, and once you realize how rested you feel, you’ll never want to sleep without it!
Don’t wait another day to get the rest you deserve. If you suffer from sleep apnea, reach out to our friendly staff at (210) 664-0544 to schedule an appointment today.