Get A Good Night’s Rest
Sleep apnea affects a lot of people. They may not even be aware of it. But sleep apnea decreases the quality of someone’s sleep. If we’re not getting the quality of sleep, the patient is tired. They may think they got enough sleep that night before, but the quality wasn’t there. So they are sleepy. They sit down, they’ll tend to fall asleep fairly quickly. If we can help them with that, we can improve their sleep quality so that during the day they are more refreshed, they’re more awake and they just feel better. I mean sleep is the body’s way of restoring us for the next day and if we don’t get that sleep, we just feel drained.
So not only that, patients who have sleep apnea, many times their bed partners are kept awake at night. Some people have to sleep in separate rooms. So we can improve their quality of life by helping them get the sleep that they need. It can be treated in multiple ways and we work with physicians to come up with the best option for them. There are C-PAP type machines and there are oral appliances and they both have their uses and we need to come up with what’s the best for them.