Plenty of rest and sleep are necessary aspects of maintaining your overall health. You require air and water. You require food and sleep. It is imperative that your brain and body have the time they need to recover every single day. With your main systems shut down in sleep, your body can devote more resources to fight against the attacks of such illnesses as obesity, hypertension, memory loss, and diabetes.
During sleep, your brain and body revitalize themselves. Your body, particularly your heart, amasses stress during the day. When you finally rest at night, your heart slows down and starts to decompress, releasing the detrimental forces it has accumulated. There is a reduction in your blood pressure, and the growth of age-related diseases slows down. Your body needs this time to regroup and store enough energy to prepare for the next day.
Lack of sleep places excessive strain and stress on your body and brain. Heart attacks, strokes, cardiovascular disease, and, in severe circumstances, death have all been connected to sleep disorders.
Many times, snoring is a pre-cursor to a more severe health concern known as sleep apnea. People with this disorder experience an obstruction in their airway. Most of the time, they're completely unaware of the problem. However, the restriction is preventing them from regularly receiving enough oxygen throughout the night. Sleep apnea is a major contributing factor to heart disease. In addition, those who suffer from this disorder experience elevated blood pressure, which is a key risk factor for a stroke.
The loss of sleep produces serious health concerns and may be a factor in many premature deaths. Sleep deprivation also generates negative effects on the function of your brain, increasing stress hormones and leading to depression. Even if you have only mild sleep apnea, utilizing an oral appliance can result in the reduction or even cessation of snoring. And wouldn't that make your partner happy!
The conventional treatment for sleep apnea is the CPAP device. This Continuous Positive Air Pressure device is the gold standard for moderate to severe sleep apnea. The patient is equipped with a machine that pumps a continuous flow of air into their nose or mouth during the night. However, many people find this irritating and they stop wearing their mask.
Dr. Ray belongs to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and has acquired extensive training in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. If you've been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea and can't tolerate or are frustrated with your CPAP, we can provide you with an alternative treatment. Dr. Ray can custom fit you with an oral appliance called SomnoDent™. This is a small acrylic device that slips over your upper and lower teeth much like the fit of an orthodontic retainer or mouthguard. It gently realigns your tongue and jaw to open your airway and permit more air to flow into your lungs as you sleep. SomnoDent is easy to install and remove, simple to clean, and convenient for travel. It's extremely comfortable and has an outstanding success rate for helping those who suffer from sleep apnea and snoring.
Snoring and sleep apnea don't have to fill your nights. Give us a call today at (724) 537-0800 for a no-cost/no-obligation consultation.
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