Start Sleeping Soundly With Sleep Apnea Treatments
Sleep apnea has quickly become one of the most widespread sleep issues, affecting between 50-70 million adults worldwide. Approximately 3-7% of all men and 2-5% of all women experience sleep apnea to some degree, and if left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to a debilitating lack of sleep. Most people don’t realize just how much sleep apnea is tied to your oral and overall health. Most people with sleep apnea will notice an enormous improvement in their sleep by following a simple health plan and visiting an orthodontist for treatments. If you are looking for a team of expert orthodontists to help you beat sleep apnea, come into Gruelle Dempsey Orthodontics today. Our elite team is in the top 1% of all Invisalign providers and we are proud to be nationally recognized for our excellence in advancing the field of orthodontics.
The Signs Of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is essentially the disruption of your normal sleep patterns, either consciously or subconsciously, usually due to an obstruction of your airways causing you to wake up throughout the night. Sleep apnea can range widely in its intensity from case to case, ranging from your sleep being disrupted 10-20 times an hour to just waking up a few times a night. So how can you find out if you or a loved one is suffering from sleep apnea if you aren’t aware of your sleep habits?
There are a few common signs of sleep apnea that most of us could easily overlook. The most noticeable sign of sleep apnea is loud snoring, especially when it is interrupted by sudden wake-ups or long pauses in breathing. You may also experience snorting, gasping, or choking during your sleep that you are not aware of. It is extremely helpful if you have a family member or a loved one who can listen for these symptoms during your sleep, as they can be very difficult to identify on your own. People suffering from sleep apnea may also experience headaches upon waking up, drowsiness or sleepiness throughout the day, falling asleep at unwanted times, and even insomnia. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or if you have any questions about any questionable sleep habits you may have, come into Gruelle Dempsey Orthodontics today.
Our Sleep Apnea Plan
We treat sleep apnea by rooting out the source of the problem. Sleep apnea can be caused by a wide variety of issues from smoking to struggles with weight, to jaw and tooth misalignment. The first step in successfully beating sleep apnea is diagnosing the root of it and creating a wellness plan to lose the weight, quit smoking, or address the oral and dental issues. Most people suffering from sleep apnea will notice an immediate improvement in their symptoms when they use a custom-fit oral device to help keep their airways clear throughout the night. This simple device makes it possible for our patients to get the best sleep of their lives without ever having to use a clunky and irritating CPAP machine. Often all sleep apnea symptoms will completely resolve or improve tremendously once orthodontic treatment is complete if the root of the apneic issues was determined to be caused by oral and dental misalignment.
Come into Gruelle Dempsey Orthodontics today to get your free consultation and to find out how our nationally recognized team of orthodontic specialists can help you get your sleep back on track.