Is your marriage at risk due to you or your partner snoring each and every night? Spouse after spouse visits our office asking if we can do something, anything to help their partner sleep without snoring. They are desperate, and we are happy to let them know that we offer effective sleep apnea treatment in East Dallas, TX.
It is possible to stop snoring and start sleeping well again. In fact, you can do that with absolutely no discomfort. Let’s talk about how it works.
Sleep Appliances for Sleep Apnea
The best, most up-to-date solution for most sleep apnea cases is to use a sleep appliance. We offer two in our office. Silent Nite and Dream Tap. These appliances work differently to accomplish the same goal: move your lower jaw forward.
You see, while you are asleep, your jaw and soft tissues (like your tongue) are relaxing, and your airway is being weighed down and compressed. It is this compression that makes it difficult for you to breathe and sleep.
So the oral appliance fits into your mouth similar to a thin athletic mouthguard. It will gently hold your lower jaw forward, which will keep the compression from happening. In most cases, this is all that is needed to keep you breathing well and sleeping sound.
An Alternative to CPAP
A lot of people are afraid to mention to their doctor that they fear they have sleep apnea because they don’t want to get stuck with a CPAP. While effective, this treatment hasn’t been very popular with patients. Compliance is less than 40%, which means that even men and women who need treatment and have a CPAP are choosing not to use it!
The machine itself can be disturbing to sleep, but most patients complain that their mask causes distress. It could be that it doesn’t fit properly, and it is really difficult to adjust to sleeping with a mask on. A lot of patients complain that the pressure of air being used is just uncomfortable.
Sleep apnea appliances like we offer at our East Dallas, TX dentist office are a great alternative. Some patients will still need to use their CPAP, but they can turn the pressure down significantly, which helps many patients be more compliant with their treatment.
The Danger of Ignoring Sleep Apnea
It seems minor, right? If your spouse isn’t complaining about your snoring, why should you worry about it? While snoring on its own is not a problem, it is a sign of sleep apnea, and that is not something to ignore.
Sleep apnea has been tied to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, weight gain, depression, anxiety, headaches, and sleep-related accidents. By ignoring sleep apnea, you are putting yourself at risk for deadly consequences.
The most important thing to remember is that sleep apnea is so simple to treat! It’s time to stop ignoring this problem. Call 972-360-9944 right now to meet with Dr. Kerbel and find out if you qualify for a sleep test. Let’s work together with your primary care physician to find solutions and get you back on track to health.