Do you have difficulty with snoring? Many of us have
this problem and it is not only an issue which can disrupt our sleep,
but it can also have an effect on our relationship with our
significant other. Of course, snoring may also be a symptom of a much
larger issue – sleep apnea. Although we may live with sleep apnea,
apnea causes us to stop breathing periodically while we are sleeping.
In some cases, this can occur throughout the night and it keeps us
from getting into the deep sleep which we need in order to be restful.
If you find that you are sleepy throughout the day or if you wake with
headaches, these are symptoms of sleep apnea. There are various
options that are available for the treatment of this issue, including
a non-invasive, easy-to-use mouth appliance, which can be provided by
Don Lanning, DDS when you visit Argyle Dental Connection.
YOU BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH SLEEP APNEA BUT CAN‘T STAND WEARING A CPAP?
Dr. Don Lanning has recovered from sleep apnea himself and it was
a life-changing experience. He knows what it‘s like to suffer from
sleep apnea. He knows how unpleasant wearing a CPAP can be. That is
when he took additional courses about oral appliances that can treat
Sleep apnea appliances, which are sometimes
referred to as oral appliance therapy, provide a way for you to
overcome difficulty with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs because the
throat relaxes while you are sleeping. This causes it to collapse in
on itself, trapping the air in your lungs and keeping you from
breathing freely. You wake yourself up momentarily, although you may
not be aware of it, in order to breathe. When you use an oral device,
it will bring your lower jaw forward and keep your throat from
collapsing. It is a simple solution, but one that can have a profound
effect on your life.
Sleep apnea is very common, as common as
adult diabetes, and affects more than twelve million Americans,
according to the National Institutes of Health. Risk factors include
being male, overweight, and over the age of forty, but sleep apnea can
strike anyone at any age, even children. Yet still because of the lack
of awareness by the public and healthcare professionals, the vast
majority remain undiagnosed and untreated.
Research shows that
74% of American adults experience sleeping problems a few nights a
week or more; and more than one in three (37%) are so sleepy during
the day that their sleepiness interferes with their activities.
Sleeping problems may affect:
- • your productivity and
performance at work
- • increase your risk of injury or illness
- • cause strain in personal relationships
- • be a sign of a more
serious problem called obstructive sleep apnea.
suggested treatments can involve surgery of the throat or a CPAP
device. Surgery can result in several weeks of a very painful recovery
period and results can often be unsuccessful and not long lasting. The
CPAP involves wearing a mask over the nose and forces the airway to
open with air pressure. Most people have a difficult time using this
BEING FITTED FOR AN ORAL GUARD
Before you are
able to use this type of device to overcome a problem with
snoring/sleep apnea, you will need to be fitted properly. These
devices are designed specifically for your mouth and your particular
needs. If you live in or around the Argyle, Denton or Flower Mound
area, you can make an appointment at Argyle Dental Connection to be
fitted properly so that you will get the most benefit out of your oral
What can you expect when you use an oral device for
sleep apnea? In many cases, you will be able to sleep more soundly and
you will wake rested. A lot of the brain fog and other symptoms that
you are experiencing will be gone and your significant other will be
able to enjoy a good night sleep as well. Why not stop by Argyle
Dental Connection today? We can discuss the options that are available
for you and how we can help you to overcome this situation.