Sleep Apnea – Windsor, CT
Sleep Better without a CPAP Machine
Do you wake up in the morning still feeling drowsy and tired? You may have sleep apnea, which is a common sleep disorder that affects millions of Americans. Untreated, it can lead to serious problems, including higher risk of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and more. That’s why we provide effective treatment for sleep apnea in Windsor. Read on to learn more about this disorder and what we can do to help you get the sleep you deserve.
What is Sleep Apnea?
There are different types of sleep apnea, but the most common is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This occurs when the throat and/or tongue muscles release to the point that the airway becomes blocked during sleep, leading to interrupted breathing, sometimes hundreds of times in one night. Of course, this difficulty breathing causes restlessness and poor quality of sleep, leading to a variety of dangerous conditions that affect you and your loved ones.
What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Because sleep apnea events occur at night, many people are currently suffering with untreated sleep apnea. While sleep apnea can be difficult to detect, you and your sleep partner should be aware of these common warning signs:
- Waking up gasping for breath
- Waking up with a sore or dry throat
- Loud snoring
- Morning headaches
- Daytime drowsiness
- Mood swings
- Lack of sex drive
If you or your sleep partner recognizes any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact our office to take your first step toward a better night’s sleep.
Sleep Apnea Risk Factors
While sleep apnea can affect anyone, studies have found certain patients are higher risk if they:
- Have a thick neck circumference
- Are obese
- Smoke and drink routinely
- Have family history
- Are male
- Are older
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Traditionally, the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine has been used to treat sleep apnea. It forces air through your airway using a nasal tube that you wear while you sleep. This option is effective, but it can often lead to its own set of problems. Many patients end up quitting the use of their CPAP machine due to its inconvenience and discomfort.
Thankfully, your dentist in Windsor has an alternative that is effective, comfortable, and convenient. We can make you a custom oral appliance to be worn at night and treat your sleep apnea. The device is designed to position your lower jaw forward and keep your airway open. This makes it easy to breathe and sleep! The best part is that your oral appliance is easy to use, travel-friendly, and it won’t irritate you.
To schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact our office today!