October 31, 2016
Let’s face it: we often don’t appreciate how good we have it, until things take a turn for the worse. In our Gillette, WY dentist’s office, we have helped folks deal with some pretty rough stuff. We can tell you from experience that nothing will disrupt your life faster than sleep apnea. You may be surprised to learn that this is a major problem for many folks in our community. That is not good news for any of us because sleep apnea can adversely affect personal relationships, work performance, and academic achievement, if left untreated.
Synergy Dental Center does have some encouraging news though: if you, or someone you love, is suffering from this condition, Dr. Porter can help! Keep reading to hear more about it and then be sure to follow up with our team to schedule your sleep apnea consultation in Gillette, Wyoming.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea disrupts the lives of millions of Americans each year.This condition is usually triggered by dysfunctions in the muscles of the upper respiratory tract.
Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by an obstruction (more often than not it is the tongue) in the airway that basically starves your brain (and the rest of your body) of much needed oxygen.
While things are working properly, the muscles that exist in your airway will keep it open throughout the night. When things go awry, your tongue will fall out of place and cause trouble by making it difficult to breathe. That is when your troubles begin!
Warning Signs Of Sleep Apnea
This condition is serious business. Snoring and gasping for breath during the night are two big tell-tale signs of sleep apnea. This can be disruptive for you and for loved ones who are trying to get good sleep.
Beyond that, personality changes, anxiety, and depression, are other unpleasant side effects of this condition. Sleep apnea sufferers are also at an increased risk of developing high blood pressure and gaining weight. Moreover, they often report problems with memory and concentration.
Sleep apnea sufferers are also in danger of having their sleep-deprived bodies cause problems while they are in the car, at work, in school, or engaged in a recreational activity. Obviously, this is not a sustainable way to live!
Dr. Porter Can Make It Better
Our team is wise enough to know that this is one situation that usually requires cooperation from a physician. If you have had a sleep study and were diagnosed with sleep apnea, your primary physician will probably make some recommendations in regards to lifestyle changes and treatment.
Rest assured, Dr. Porter will work closely with you and your sleep doctor to find the best solution for your current needs.
Help Is Available With Dental Devices
We know that time is of the essence. You are probably more than ready to get your life back! That’s why we will get right to work. If your sleep apnea is in the mild to moderate range, we can usually create a dental device just for you. An oral appliance can be crafted to fit your mouth and is designed to adjust your jaw so that your airway stays open while you sleep. This option can be used on its own or in conjunction with a CPAP machine. At Synergy Dental Center, we will always help you get the solution you need based on your specific situation.
Take The Next Step!
We hope you will be inspired by today’s blogpost to take the next step! If sleep apnea is a problem for you or a loved one, contact us today for a consultation with Dr. Porter in our Gillette, WY dentist’s office.
We will get you back to living a normal, restful life!