Wilson, Greenville, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, Raleigh & nearby areas
According to the National Institutes for Health, sleep apnea affects more than twelve million Americans. This common disorder may seem like little more than an annoyance, but left untreated sleep apnea can result in serious medical issues including cardiovascular problems and heart disease.
Sleep apnea is caused by an obstruction of the airways. When you are asleep, the muscles in your throat and tongue relax. For some people, these muscles do not relax enough to block airflow, but for those who suffer from sleep apnea, these muscles can interfere with breathing resulting in symptoms such as:
- Loud snoring
- Periods of not breathing
- Spells of choking or gasping for air
These symptoms are most often noticed by loved ones. Symptoms you may experience due to a lack of sleep and insufficient oxygen flow include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Mood fluctuations
- Frequent headaches
- Leg swelling
- Night sweats
In addition to these symptoms, sleep apnea has been linked to high blood pressure, strokes, and heart attacks.
Fortunately, there are treatments available to help restore restful sleep, and reduce the health impacts of sleep apnea.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
At Ham, Dixon & Boles, we treat sleep apnea with proven effective SomnoMed oral appliances. CPAP machines are also used in the treatment of sleep apnea, but these devices can be obtrusive and may interfere with a good night’s sleep. With oral devices, your tongue is gently kept in place, and your jaw is realigned to assist in airflow. CPAP machines require masks and tubes to increase airflow, making them burdensome and complex.
Lifestyle changes can also impact the degree of your sleep apnea. Smokers, people who drink more than two alcoholic beverages a night, and people who are overweight are all more likely to develop sleep apnea. Combining oral devices with simple lifestyle changes can significantly reduce sleep apnea, and help you get the restful, effective sleep you deserve.