Everyone deals with a certain amount of stress in their lives. In fact, stress is so common amongst Americans that the Healthcare Resource Network has officially sponsored April as Stress Awareness Month. For many, the best way to relieve the stress and tension in their lives a good night of rest. But for 18 million Americans, that is a luxury that they do not often enjoy. That is how many people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with the sleep apnea (the actual number might be more, as many believe that countless others could be suffering from it without knowing).
Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in your throat collapse while you are asleep, effectively closing off your airway. Your brain must be alert enough to signal for reflexive action to get you breathing again. This process can repeat itself hundreds of times throughout the night with sleep apnea sufferers, causing them to rarely reach the level of deep, rapid-eye-movement sleep that the body relies upon to rejuvenate its energy. If left untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to serious health complications such as:
Could you be unknowingly suffering from sleep apnea? The common signs and symptoms of this condition include:
If you demonstrate any of these symptoms, you should give a dental care provider like Dr. Gielincki a call. Why call your prosthodontist? Because until recently, the only way to successfully combat sleep apnea was by using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. However, dental care providers can now create a custom device that you place in your mouth while sleeping that positions your jaw to help keep your airway open, allowing you stop snoring, keep breathing, and finally feel the rejuvenation that comes with a good night of sleep again.
Sleep apnea need not add more stress to your life. Aside from improving the oral health of countless local residents, Dr. Gielincki is also renowned locally for offering non-invasive treatment for sleep apnea in Jacksonville Beach, FL. To learn more about how a simple oral appliance can get you back to enjoying a peaceful rest, call to schedule a consultation appointment right away.