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Sleep Apnea

  • 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.

     

    HAVE 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.

     

    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.

     

    Other 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 device.

     

    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 guard.

     

    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.

 

 

 

 


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Dr. Don Lanning

Argyle Dental Connection

415 HWY 377 S., Ste 201

Argyle, TX 76226

(940) 464-3500

 

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