Poor sleep can be dangerous, especially if it is caused by an underlying condition that goes untreated. If you experience daytime tiredness, snoring during the night, or regular bouts of insomnia and trouble remaining asleep, you might be one of the millions of people who experience sleep apnea. If so, seeking out a treatment that alleviates the symptoms will improve your sleep, helping you keep your health in balance.
Understanding This Condition
This medical condition is characterized by an obstruction of the airway that leads to breathing difficulty during sleep. The obstruction can be partial or complete, and it often occurs intermittently. The result is just what most patients expect. While obstructed, the body can not get enough air, leading to anxiety symptoms, high blood pressure, or even startle-waking. Over time, the poor sleep and stress on the body can also lead to hypertension or even stroke.
Treating Sleep Apnea at the Dentist
Many patients with this condition rely on a CPAP machine to force a regular flow of air while they sleep. The treatment is effective, but some report it to be uncomfortable, and the machines are both expensive and high-maintenance. Dr. Perotta and Dr. SanGiacomo offer alternatives for qualified patients, including the Respire Blue Series™ or TAP™ appliances. These appliances provide a more comfortable alternative with the following features:
Are You a Candidate for an Oral Appliance?
If you are looking to stop snoring and treat other sleep apnea symptoms in Bethel, CT, it’s time to talk to the dentist about options for an oral appliance. For many patients, it is a total treatment option. You never know whether it will work for your case until you talk to a professional, though. Your case will need to be evaluated, and then Drs. Perotta and SanGiacomo will be able to make a recommendation.