May 8, 2017
Did you know that sleep apnea disrupts the lives of millions of Americans each year? True story! But, as surprising as it might sound, our Gillette, WY dentist’s office can actually help you get some much needed rest, if you are one of those poor souls. So, keep reading today’s blog post to hear more about it and then be sure to follow up with our team to schedule your sleep apnea consultation with Dr. Porter.
How It Happens
There are two kinds of sleep apnea, and the one we can treat here is called obstructive sleep apnea. As the name implies, it is caused by an obstruction (more often than not it is the tongue) in the airway that more or less starves your brain of much needed oxygen.
When everything is working as it should, the muscles that exist in your airway will keep it open throughout the night. When something is amiss, your tongue will fall out of place and create problems for you by making it nearly impossible to breathe. That is when your nightmare begins.
Sleep apnea is nothing to take lightly. Aggressive snoring and frequently gasping for breath during the night are two warning signs signs of sleep apnea. This can be disruptive for you and for loved ones who are trying to get some shut-eye.
But more than that, you can exhibit personality changes and experience anxiety as well as depression. Sleep apnea sufferers are also at an increased risk of developing high blood pressure and packing on unwanted pounds. What’s more, they often report problems with memory and concentration. You might want to go back and read that again (just kidding).
Sleep apnea sufferers are also in danger of having their sleep-deprived bodies cause accidents while they are in the car, at work, in school, or engaged in a recreational activity.
Here’s What Dr. Porter Can Do
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.
Don’t worry, Dr. Porter will work closely with you and your sleep doctor to find the best solution.The good news is that 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. There is no one-size-fits-all cure for sleep apnea. But we won’t rest until you are able to!
Learn More, Get Started!
Ready to end your sleep apnea nightmare? Contact us online today to arrange for a consultation with Dr. Porter in our Gillette, WY dentist’s office. Or you can call us at 307-622-1311!