If you suffer from sleep apnea and you have not taken the next steps in treating it, now is a good time to set your New Year’s resolution for 2020.
Treating sleep apnea will benefit your life in many positive ways. By understanding the signs, symptoms, dangers, and treatment options, you may be more inclined to keep this resolution for years to come once you realize just how much better you will feel.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms and Dangers
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder in which breathing continuously stops and starts over and over. This can be a very dangerous condition that needs to be diagnosed and treated by a professional.
Living with sleep apnea can keep you from living your best life. From constant fatigue to something more fatal – such as to stop breathing in your sleep for up to 10 seconds at a time – sleep apnea must be treated due to its many dangerous symptoms that can critically affect your quality of life.
There are other signs and symptoms of this condition as well. If you suffer from insomnia, restlessness (for example, restless leg syndrome), waking up throughout the night, or fatigue during the day, you may need to see a doctor to further diagnose your condition.
Health Benefits of Treating Sleep Apnea
Living with sleep apnea untreated takes a serious toll on your health and quality of life. Left untreated, sleep apnea may cause a lack of sleep. This creates fatigue and sleepiness throughout the day, leaving you cognitively and emotionally drained.
Getting a healthy amount of quality sleep, benefits your overall wellness. A proper amount of rest each night steers away lethargy, improves concentration and alertness, decreases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and many other issues.
Dental Sleep Appliances – An Alternative to CPAP
Nosehill Dental Centre located in Calgary offers alternatives to the CPAP machine – an improvement to the loud and unpleasant mask that must be strapped to your face while you attempt to sleep each night. Although the CPAP machine does work regarding treating sleep apnea, the downsides often outweigh the advantages due to the machine not being comfortable to wear and the noise it makes.
Mouthpiece devices, which are small plastic devices that fit in the mouth to prevent obstruction of the airway, are an alternative sleep apnea treatment option compared to the noisy and uncomfortable CPAP. These mouthpieces are fitted to the patient’s mouth and their particular sleep apnea issue, whether it is a mild or moderate case.
These devices are worn in the mouth while sleeping. They prevent vibration and obstruction of the airway so that the patient can breathe easily. It also prevents the patient from constantly waking up throughout the night due to sleep apnea causing dangerous cessation in breathing.
Mouthpieces are a natural way to treat sleep apnea as well. Compared to the CPAP machine, the mouthpiece is less likely to cause dry nasal passages, congestion, or worsening of allergies or colds. The CPAP forces air to the nose and throat, often affecting the sinuses negatively, unlike the mouthpiece which does not use forced air.
Ready to Conquer Your New Year’s Resolution?
Nosehill Dental Centre believes in the diversity of the people they care for daily. Their company message of “All People are Awesome” is a great way to ring in the New Year and embark on a better quality of life.
If any of the above information sounds like you, or you have procrastinated in treating your possible or already diagnosed sleep apnea long enough, contact Nosehill Dental Centre at 403-241-1900 or visit their website to request an appointment.