Sleep quality should be high up on your self-care list. You may not realize it, but quality sleep is as good as exercise or proper nutrition. Getting consistent and high-quality sleep boosts your immunity, mood, memory, and more! It improves all aspects of your health; including physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
Unfortunately, you can’t get a full night’s sleep if you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). When this happens night after night, it creates stress and strains your entire body, resulting in numerous health complications. Therefore, it is crucial to consult a physician or dentist who can assist you in setting up an at home or out patient observed sleep study. A physician that specializes in sleep disorders can then diagnose any sleep-related issues. After undergoing a sleep study and being diagnosed, treatment options can be reviewed with you.
Patients with sleep apnea experience partial or complete airway blockage when sleeping, interrupting their breathing. These disruptions cause multiple awakenings at night, leading to fragmented sleep patterns. Most patients are unaware this is even happening. Failure to get a quality night’s sleep opens the door to numerous health complications, including:
More importantly, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) doesn’t merely manifest with the above mentioned symptoms. This sleep disordered breathing can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and other systemic diseases when left untreated. Furthermore, OSA can impair daytime concentration, decreasing alertness while driving or performing other important tasks that require alertness and clear thinking.
A CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is usually the standard OSA treatment many medical practitioners offer. This device delivers pressurized air through a flexible hose attached to a mask worn over your nose or both nose and mouth. While CPAPs effectively manage sleep apnea, many patients find them uncomfortable and claustrophobic.
If you can’t tolerate or don’t want a CPAP machine, Drs. Ryan Jones and Caleb Estes offer mandibular repositioning devices (MRDs) to treat OSA. These retainer-like devices fit over the lower and upper teeth to reposition your lower jaw downward and forward to keep your airway open as you sleep. Easy! No tubes, no masks, and no noise — you only need to place your device in the mouth before falling asleep.
Oral appliance therapy reduces or prevents sleep apnea symptoms like chronic snoring, choking, or gasping for air. This treatment also ensures your body gets sufficient oxygen by keeping the airway open. Normalized breathing and satisfactory sleep quality avert sleep apnea health complications.
Sleep apnea appliances effectively treat mild to moderate OSA and offer many benefits, including.
We offer several sleep apnea treatment options to restore your healthy sleeping patterns. We are located in Franklin, Tennessee, and serve patients from Brentwood, Nashville, and Cool Springs. Visit us today, and soon, you’ll be sleeping and breathing more easily.
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