Do You Suffer From Sleep Apnea?
Do your family members complain that you snore loudly each night? Do you wake up in the morning feeling unrested? If so, you may be suffering from a common condition known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a very serious condition that affects your overall health. It can lead to serious health complications, and when left untreated, it can take a number of years off your life. Unfortunately, many people who suffer from sleep apnea remain undiagnosed.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition in which patients start and stop breathing throughout the night. When you stop breathing, your brain receives a signal to wake you and restart your breathing again. Patients who suffer from this may wake hundreds of times a night while remaining completely unaware. In fact, most who suffer are only aware because family members comment on how they sound when they sleep. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Trouble breathing
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Acid reflux
- Headaches in the morning
- Waking with a dry mouth
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Irritability and difficulty focusing
We Can Treat Sleep Apnea
Many people who suffer from sleep apnea often remain undiagnosed and do not receive treatment for their condition. Sleep apnea can be a life-threatening condition if treatment is not received. It can begin to affect your overall health and lead to complications such as high blood pressure, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and depression. We offer an oral appliance to patients who suffer from sleep apnea. You wear the device while sleeping, and it forces the jaw into a forward position, opening the airway and promoting uninterrupted breathing.
If you feel you or a loved one may be suffering from sleep apnea, we recommend calling our office located in Meridian, ID to schedule an appointment. Untreated sleep apnea can be dangerous for your overall health, so we suggest being proactive with your care. We look forward to seeing you soon!