At Priority Dental in Casper WY, we often see patients who say they have been struggling with insufficient sleep for months or even years. Some of these individuals end up being diagnosed with sleep apnea or related conditions, and wonder if there is something better than the conventional treatment.
You Can’t Just “Tough It Out”
Conventional treatment, by which we mean the most commonly prescribed, is a device called the CPAP, which stands for Continuous Positive Air Pressure. The CPAP has a very good track record. But because it’s a mask worn at night, many people find it too cumbersome to wear.
Protect Your Health
Sleep apnea is a condition where you have frequent, recurring gaps in breathing while you sleep. These delays can last for up to 60 seconds and are caused by soft tissue in the back of the throat that relaxes and obstructs the airway. As you can probably imagine, when our brain is not getting enough oxygen it hinders vital biological processes.
For some puzzling reason, many people don’t consider sleep apnea an urgent issue. Why the disconnect? We are talking about breathing, folks! There isn’t a biological activity more indispensable than that. And substandard sleep can cause a plethora of serious health problems. It also affects performance in every aspect of life; work, recreation, and relationships.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
- Loud snoring
- Sudden awakenings where you are choking or feel “out of breath”
- Pauses in breathing while sleeping (as evidenced by another person noticing the behavior)
- Sore throat or dry mouth after sleeping
- Uneasy sleep
- Falling asleep while performing normal daily activities
- Inability to concentrate during the day
- Depression and irritability
- Awakening with a headache
- Extreme tiredness
At Priority Dental in Casper WY, we offer an alternative sleep apnea treatment. We have considerable success with an oral appliance mouthpiece that is much more comfortable to wear. We also offer family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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