If you feel tired during the day despite getting a good night’s sleep, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is one of the most common reasons for sleep disturbance in America. 25 million Americans suffer from it and the condition keeps you from ever entering a deep enough sleep.
The condition is marked by your inability to breathe during the night. With sleep apnea, your airway becomes blocked for up to ten seconds or even longer. This can happen several times during a single sleep session, which can lead to a number of health problems.
For example, you may be at higher risk for stroke or heart attack. Then there is the daytime fatigue, irritability and depressed immune system that can make you susceptible to more serious illnesses.
The CPAP May Not Help
A CPAP appliance is traditionally prescribed as the standard treatment for sleep apnea. However, you may be one of those patients that fails to respond to CPAP for various reasons. The machine may fit poorly, it may fill you with feelings of claustrophobia or you may find the entire appliance completely uncomfortable.
Use a Custom Sleep Guard for a Better Night’s Sleep
If you have tried the CPAP and you didn’t respond positively or you simply didn’t like it, Dr. Rogers can create a custom sleep guard that can alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea literally overnight.
The sleep guard holds your lower jaw in place, which prevents the tissue from blocking your air flow.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea Are NOT the Same Condition
It should be noted that if you snore, you don’t necessarily suffer from sleep apnea. While snoring can disturb your sleep like sleep apnea, snoring occurs when the soft tissues in the mouth and throat vibrate as you breathe deeply during sleep. Snoring is not nearly as dangerous as sleep apnea.
Call to Schedule an Appointment Today
Dr. Rogers will need to provide you with a thorough examination before a custom mouth guard can be recommended. If sleep apnea is keeping you awake, call (509) 838-4165 to schedule an appointment.