Are you tired all through the day to the point you feel drowsy? Have Head aches in the morning? Snore super loud your significant other complains about? Tired of cpap machine?
The American College of Physicians reports that 80-90% of people with sleep apnea are un-diagnosed.. If you are tired all the time, sleep physically for 8-9 hours and still feel tired, fall asleep often including while driving, feel irritable very often, snore very loudly and/or gasp for air during sleep, then you very likely have sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a condition where your body physically stops breathing during sleep. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) where your airway physically closes & stops your breathing. Snoring very loudly is a common symptom.
Sleep apnea is diagnosed with a sleep study. You visit a sleep study center and they evaluate your sleep. Your sleep study will tell you how restful your sleep is and provide you with an AHI score which tells you how often you stop breathing for at least 10 seconds per hour. Some people with severe sleep apnea have an AHI score of over 100!
How can we treat you if you have sleep apnea?
If you lay back and move your jaw forward, you will notice it is easier to breathe and also more difficult to snore. If your sleep study shows you have mild to moderate OSA, then we can treat you with a mouthpiece that gently advances your jaw forward, which in turn will decrease your snoring greatly and most importantly, allow you to breathe more freely, reducing or eliminating sleep apnea.
If your sleep apnea is severe, we can refer you to excellent sleep physicians or ENTs. Treatment for sleep apnea is important to your overall health & can save your life. You can dramatically improve your lifestyle with accurate diagnosis and treatment.
We at Towne Square Dental will work with your physician to help you to get a better quality of life. Call us today at (603) 432-7771 to schedule your visit.
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