How your dentists in Fort Worth can treat your sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is a common condition, in fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, 18 to 20 million adults are diagnosed with sleep apnea. The condition is caused by airway obstruction when the tissue at the back of your throat blocks your airway during sleep. This causes your breathing to suddenly stop and start several times each night, disrupting your sleep. Dr. William Ralstin and Dr. Lindsey Horwedel, your dentists in Fort Worth, TX want to share some facts about sleep apnea and how they can help.
Sleep apnea should not be ignored because irregular breathing during sleep starves your vital organs of much needed oxygen. The condition can lead to life-threatening consequences including:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Memory impairment
- Chronic acid reflux
Once you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, there are some effective treatments to get you breathing again. A common treatment is the Continuous Positive Air Pressure machine, also called a CPAP. The CPAP covers your mouth and nose, providing a continuous flow of air through your nose. One of the problems people have with the CPAP is that the device is often uncomfortable to wear, and some people will discontinue treatment.
Your dentists in Fort Worth offer a much better alternative, called an Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance. This appliance is custom-made by your dentists to fit perfectly. The appliance moves your lower jaw and tongue forward, maintaining an open airway during your entire sleep cycle. Normal breathing is restored and your sleep is deep and uninterrupted.
People find the oral appliance much better than CPAP because it is:
- Easy to maintain
If you wake up several times during the night, have been told you snore, or feel tired and have trouble concentrating during the day, don’t just live with the symptoms of sleep apnea. Get some help by calling Dr. Ralstin and Dr. Horwedel, your dentists in Fort Worth, TX. Call today and get ready for a good night of sleep!