Sleep Apnea Therapy Helps Bullard Enjoy Their Sleep
Sleep apnea is a common condition affecting Americans today, with some estimates saying that 18 million adults are struggling with chronic fatigue and other symptoms brought on by sleep apnea. If you are a snorer who has difficulty sleeping soundly throughout the night, you may be one of the millions suffering from this common condition. Fortunately, Dr. Tad Morgan provides high quality treatment for sleep apnea. Keep reading to find out more about how sleep apnea treatment works and how we can help you find relief at long last.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects your ability to sleep soundly throughout the night. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which occurs when the soft and hard oral tissues collapse and partially or completely block the flow of oxygen from the lungs to the brain during sleep. Desperate for air, the brain sends out an emergency “wake up” signal -- a process which may occur hundreds of times in one night. However, the sufferer may not remember the waking/sleeping cycle in the morning. They just wake up feeling exhausted and irritable.
Anyone can develop sleep apnea, but certain risk factors are associated with the condition. These include:
- Being overweight or obese (the most significant risk factor)
- Age (over 55)
- Narrow airway
- Deviated septum
- Blocked sinuses
- Certain medications that affect sleep
What Are the Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea?
Because the symptoms closely resemble those of other conditions, sleep apnea may go mis- or undiagnosed for years. Learning about the warning signs of sleep apnea can help to ensure that you receive the treatment you need sooner rather than later. Left untreated, this condition can take a serious toll on your overall health -- including heart attack, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and even premature death.
The warning signs of sleep apnea include:
- Chronic snoring
- Frequent waking throughout the night (usually observed by a partner)
- Chronic fatigue or sleepiness
- Nighttime teeth grinding
- Waking with a sore throat or dry mouth
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
The traditional treatment for sleep apnea has been with the CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure machine. It’s a mask you wear while you sleep, and it works by keeping the airway open by pumping the lungs with a steady stream of air. This method provides relief for many patients, but others find it more disruptive than the original symptoms of sleep apnea. A custom oral appliance can provide a wonderful alternative to CPAP. This is a small device that is created according to your unique oral structures. It repositions your jaw to prevent its collapse and keep your airway clear during the night. The oral appliance is small, portable, and, best of all, silent.
Find Relief for Sleep Apnea Today!
If you suspect or know are struggling with the exhausting effects of sleep apnea, please do not wait to seek treatment. Doing so could save your life. Dr. Morgan can help you enjoy the benefits of a full, restful night’s sleep once again -- request an appointment today!