Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sleep Apnea/Snoring

Do you snore? Do you currently wear a C-PAP ? Are you feeling excessively tired during the day?

Ask us how we can help!!!
If you are satisfied with your sleep, then stop reading now. If you want to know how Dr. Hill can help you live a longer more productive life, then keep reading.

There are many reasons to be tired during the day, but one of the leading reasons is poor quality sleep due to sleep apnea. People with sleep apnea think they are getting adequate and restful sleep, but their body might be struggling and fighting for air and they won't even know it. As a result, they are missing the important deep, restful sleep required for good health. Patients often don't feel refreshed and are tired throughout the day. Even worse, the stress on the body from the decreased oxygen level in the blood may cause many health complications like high blood pressure, abnormal heart beats, even heart attacks or stroke.

Here are a few questions to help you determine if you likely have Sleep Apnea. I'm sure you don't suffer from any of these but if you do and want to know the simple dental device that can save your life and possibly your marriage, then keep reading.
  • Do you snore?
  • Is your snoring interrupted with pauses or occasional choking?
  • Has anyone ever said you stop breathing or gasp during sleep?
  • Do you feel fatigued, exhausted or tired?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure?
  • Do you wake up in the night or morning with headaches?
  • Have you ever nodded off or fallen asleep while driving?
  • Do you fall asleep while riding as a passenger in a car?
  • Are you likely to fall asleep while watching TV?
If you answered yes to more than a couple of these questions, you owe it to yourself to talk with us about possibly having sleep apnea.

Common treatments:

Historically, most physicians and sleep medicine doctors have prescribed a C-PAP. It is a device with a pressure pump, hose and mask or “nose pillows” to increase the pressure of the air going into your lungs. Most of the problems with sleep apnea are due to an airway obstruction. This is commonly called obstructive sleep apnea. For many people a more simple dental appliance, much like a night guard, can be just as effective and more comfortable.

If you have been told you need a C-PAP or are currently supposed to use one and hate it, contact Dr. Hill at Hill Dental Studio today for a complementary Sleep Apnea consultation.

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