A Comfortable, Convenient Fix For Your Sleep Apnea
If you’ve ever woken up to the sight of a pillow hovering over your face, then you just might have a snoring problem. Snoring isn’t just something that annoys our partners, though. It could be a sign of a more serious condition known as sleep apnea. If your loved ones knew how apnea affects your overall health, they’d lose more sleep than they already do from your snoring.
Find out how this can be affecting you or your loved ones.
Those with untreated sleep apnea are four times more likely to have a stroke and three times more likely to have heart disease than those who are not afflicted, so it’s time to get serious about your sleep and find a treatment that works.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is when your breathing gets disrupted as you sleep. This can occur hundreds of times per night, each time depriving your brain and blood of the oxygen they need – which is what makes sleep apnea dangerous. The risk factors include:
- Being male
- Being overweight
- Being over 40 years old
- Having a family history of apnea
- Having an enlarged tongue or tonsils
- Having persistent allergies or sinus problems
How Do I Know If I Have Apnea?
Sometimes snoring is just snoring, but if you’re concerned that it might be sleep apnea, you’ll need to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis. Your doctor will start by examining your mouth, nasal passages, and throat. It is also likely that s/he will recommend a sleep study, where your brain activity, breathing, eye movement, and blood pressure are monitored. Once you are diagnosed, your doctor will suggest a treatment. Standard treatments use a CPAP machine, which uses a mask that regulates your breathing. Another alternative is an oral appliance; that’s where The Miller Center comes in.
The Moses Sleep Apnea Appliance
Dr. Miller is both certified and experienced in treating patients with sleep apnea using the Moses Appliance. The Moses Sleep Apnea Appliance is much like a retainer, only instead of retaining the shape of your teeth, it positions and retains the placement of your teeth, tongue, and jaw so that you can breathe normally. While wearing the Moses Appliance, you can close your mouth, drink water, and even talk. Try doing all of that with a mask on your face!
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and would like a more convenient and comfortable alternative to a CPAP machine, contact The Miller Center for Esthetic Excellence today to schedule an appointment. We make smiling – and breathing – easy for you.