Sleep Apnea Services - Weatherford, TX
An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, and a staggering 80 percent of those cases have not been medically diagnosed. In the case of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the condition causes your airway to become fully or partially blocked while you are sleeping, which results in lapses in breathing.
The ensuing lack of oxygen causes the brain to send an emergency signal through the nervous system that forces you to wake up momentarily, but long enough to clear your airway. While this may not initially seem serious and very few people remember being awake, patients can be stirred from sleep hundreds of times per night. Consequently, near-debilitating symptoms such as severe morning headaches, problems with memory and concentration, and daytime exhaustion may occur. In fact, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine finds that people with untreated sleep apnea are nearly two-and-a-half times more likely to be the driver of a car involved in an accident when compared to a control group of general population drivers.
Sleep Apnea and Your General Health
In addition to these day-to-day difficulties, sleep apnea can lead to a greater risk of certain bodily illnesses and diseases. In particular, your heart and blood vessels must work harder during pauses in breathing, which leads to health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, and strokes. Common risk factors include family history, obesity, an abundance of tissue around the neck, bone deformities, and poor sleep habits.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Weatherford
At Weatherford Dental Sleep, Dr. Deborah Romack and her team are dedicated to helping patients have a quiet and peaceful night of sleep. We work in conjunction with your primary care physician or any other special to determine if you do in fact have obstructive sleep apnea. You can take our sleep apnea quiz and our team will quickly get back to you with the results. If Dr. Romack finds that you do have sleep apnea, then there is reliable treatment available.
Many patients find relief by wearing a simple oral appliance at night while sleeping. Sometimes called a nightguard, this oral appliance shifts your lower jaw slightly forward in order to keep your airway unblocked. Wearing the appliance may eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea and reduce your risk of other health conditions. In addition, patients who also suffer from acid reflux find the painful burning sensation that is common with this condition disappears.
For many years, a CPAP machine was the only option for treating sleep apnea. Although this device is still a form of treatment, many people find the machine cumbersome and noisy. However, when used in combination with an oral appliance, a CPAP machine can be set at a reduced level of air pressure. This combined therapy has proven to be the solution that many sleep apnea sufferers need.
Do you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea? Dr. Deborah Romack and her Weatherford, TX team are here to help. Take our online quiz to get a better idea of your condition, or contact us todayto schedule a consultation. With state-of-the-art technology and treatment options, patients sleep through the night and feel great every morning. We look forward to meeting you!
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