Sleep Apnea Therapy – Oklahoma City, OK
Wake Up Feeling Great Again
Does your partner complain about your loud, chronic snoring every night? Do you find yourself constantly feeling exhausted despite how much you sleep? Have you experienced problems with memory, focus, or even almost fallen asleep behind the wheel?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you could be suffering from sleep apnea, the second most common sleep disorder in the country. It’s believed that over 20 million Americans struggle with it every night, robbing them of their sleep and their health at the same time. Fortunately, At Grand Dental Studio, we’re able to help patients overcome both snoring and sleep apnea with a custom-made treatment that can fit right in your pocket. What is it? Read on below to learn more.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition where a person experiences short and frequent interruptions in their breathing during sleep. Most of the time, this is caused by the soft tissues in the mouth and throat relaxing into and blocking the airway, which is known as obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA.
When the breathing is halted, the body is forced to partially wake up in order to restore proper oxygen flow. This can occur dozens of times an hour, and it prevents a person from getting the deep, restful sleep their body needs. These breathing stoppages also lead to a drastic increase in blood pressure that can last for several hours afterward, making a person much more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke. In fact, the American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that nearly 38,000 cardiovascular-related deaths are directly tied to sleep apnea.
The Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- Loud snoring every night
- Waking up gasping or out of breath
- Persistent daytime exhaustion despite getting 7-9 hours of sleep
- Problems with memory/focus
- Mood swings/depression
- Issues with weight gain/keeping weight off
How We Can Help
Traditionally, the primary treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP therapy, wherein a patient wears a facial mask to bed that is connected to an air pump which forces oxygen into the throat to keep it open and unobstructed. As you can imagine, many patients find this extremely uncomfortable! In fact, research has shown that about 50% of CPAP patients stop using it after the first year.
At Grand Dental Studio, we can provide a viable alternative called oral appliance therapy. For this, your dentist will design a custom-made appliance that you’ll simply wear to bed. It will slightly shift the jaw forward to keep the airway open, and that’s it! No masks, no air pumps, no having to plug-in before bed. This method is safe, effective, and recommended by sleep doctors around the country.
Come Get the Rest You Deserve
If you believe that you may have sleep apnea, or if you already have a diagnosis for it, we’re ready to help you take back the night. You’ll be amazed by how much better you feel when you’re getting the sleep you need, and you’ll also be pleasantly surprised by how simple our treatment is. To learn more about sleep apnea or get a specially-made oral appliance, contact us today.