It’s been said a good night’s sleep can cure most any ailment and it’s been proven that it is necessary for our overall health. But, if you or your loved one are like one of the millions of Americans who suffer from sleep apnea, a good night’s sleep can be hard to come by.
So what exactly is sleep apnea? Sleep apnea “occurs when the upper airway becomes blocked repeatedly during sleep, reducing or completely stopping airflow,” according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Commons signs of sleep apnea include snoring and gasping for air which results in poor quality sleep for the sufferer and those who sleep with him or her. Sleep apnea can also cause other health complications such as asthma, cognitive and behavorial disorders, eye disorders, metabolic disorders, chronic kidney disease and other health issues.
A doctor who will look at your medical history and have you participate in a sleep study must diagnose sleep apnea. Other medical conditions must be ruled out before a sleep apnea diagnosis is made.
Treatment for sleep apnea includes lifestyle changes such as losing weight, getting regular physical activity and quitting smoking.
Another option for treatment is Oral Appliance Therapy, which we offer here at Jackson Dental. Oral Appliance Therapy is a sleep therapy medical device created by dentists which positions the lower jaw slightly forward during sleep to open the airway. OAT is a great alternative to the traditional CPAP machine and is easy on the patient.
If you suffer from sleep apnea and currently use a CPAP machine, give us a call today to see out OAT can help you.