Does your partner complain about your snoring? When you wake up in the morning, do you still feel tired even though you had the right quantity of sleep? If you snore and experience daytime drowsiness, you may have a condition called sleep apnea, where your breathing lapses for more than 10 seconds while you’re asleep. When oxygen levels drop too low, your brain wakes your body up just enough to resume breathing. This can occur up to hundreds of times per night! Not only do these lapses disrupt a peaceful night’s rest, but they can cause your body unnecessary stress and can contribute to your developing high blood pressure, a major risk factor of heart disease, and other serious health complications.
So what can Dr. Addy and our team at Carlsbad Beach Dental do to help you overcome sleep apnea? Well, once you’ve undergone a sleep study and been officially diagnosed with sleep apnea, he can create a custom oral appliance that you wear at night. This appliance positions your jaw in a way that keeps your facial tissues from obstructing your airways during sleep, which is the most common kind of sleep apnea. With this treatment, you can achieve the deep sleep your brain and body need to feel energized during the day.
Better rest could be much closer than you think. If you suspect that you have sleep apnea or you’ve been diagnosed already, contact our dental office today! You and your partner will thank us for it later.