You are awake, but you don’t feel like you got much sleep. Your head hurts, and your mouth is dry. Your spouse makes a sarcastic comment about your snoring, and you snap back at them.
All of the things we described above could be the result of untreated sleep apnea.
What Sleep Apnea Is
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which someone stops breathing when they fall asleep. These stoppages can occur dozens and even hundreds of times each night depending on the severity of your condition. As a result of this, you wake up frequently (although you may not have any memory of this), which prevents you from getting deep, healthy sleep.
Who Sleep Apnea Affects
Anyone can have sleep apnea, but there are factors that make you more likely to have this condition. People who are overweight or have large necks, are male, are getting older, and have a family history of this condition are more likely to develop sleep apnea. At the same time, the loud snoring that is a common symptom of sleep apnea doesn’t just affect the person who has this sleep disorder. It can affect family and friends who are kept awake by the snoring.
How Sleep Apnea Is Treated
Often, the first treatment option is a CPAP or a similar machine. Unfortunately, many people find it difficult to use these machines consistently. Fortunately, our team at Preston Dental Center in Cary, NC has another solution. We can design a special oral appliance for you. By shifting your jaw position slightly, we can keep your airway open while you sleep. When you can keep breathing, you can reach the stages of deep sleep you need to feel rested and rejuvenated.
Start getting the sleep you deserve. Call 919-460-0963 or contact us online to request a consultation.