Do you often feel exhausted during the day? For many, this could be the result of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and without treatment your overall health could suffer. Fortunately, Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, can offer relief from sleep apnea with a custom and comfortable sleep appliance, one that helps people avoid the need for the CPAP machine!
The Causes of Sleep Apnea
OSA means that as you sleep, the soft tissues in the back of your mouth and in your throat actually weaken and collapse, cutting off airflow as you rest. You then stop breathing briefly until the brain wakes you after it registers the drop in oxygen. While you may not remember waking up, this could interrupt your sleep cycle, often hundreds of times in a single night. Your sleep disorder then impacts your quality of life. This could be caused by a number of factors, including neck circumference, excess alcohol usage, sleeping on your back, obesity, and issues with the growth of and development of your oral structures, which impacts airflow capabilities during sleep.
Warning Signs and Complications
Common warning signs include chronic snoring, headache and migraines, daytime drowsiness, irritability, and trouble focusing on tasks at work or school. You could wake with dry mouth, or wake up in the night gasping for breath or struggling to breathe. When these symptoms begin to arise, let us know right away. Otherwise, this sleep disorder could leave you exhausted and also strain your immune system to make more frequent illness a possibility. In addition, this could stress your heart health, boosting the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. Don’t ignore your symptoms, let us know right away.
Custom Sleep Appliance
While effective, we’ve found the CPAP machine to be cumbersome, and many people simply stop using it. Which is why we’re so glad to offer a more comfortable alternative. A sleep appliance will look and fit like a mouthguard, and is worn as you rest at night. The device gently repositions your jaw, moving it forward to prevent the collapse of soft tissues. You then breathe without interruption, and avoid daytime exhaustion and other common symptoms. The device is custom-made to ensure it fits properly and comfortably, and that you obtain treatment with precision and accuracy.
TALK TO SUNNY SMILES ABOUT IMPROVING YOUR SMILE
Our team wants to help you avoid the major complications of untreated OSA! If you’re ready to schedule a visit with our team, contact our Sunny Smiles location on N Zaragoza Rd in El Paso, TX at 915-849-9000.