There is a solution to the nighttime breathing problem you’ve been having – the snoring, gasping, and poor-quality sleep that is keeping you and your partner from getting rest. The solution is at Total Dental Solutions for Adults. We make treating sleep apnea in Fort Myers a lot easier with oral appliance therapy. You’ll love this option because:George A. Hoop, DDS, PA on Sleep Apnea Treatment Read Transcript
Sleep apnea can be a very big problem for a lot of people. And I think one of the biggest problems out there is it's so frequently not diagnosed. I have sleep apnea myself and for years I was wondering why I was so tired. And finally when I was talking to a friend of mine who was diagnosed with having sleep apnea and we compared symptoms, I realized that I had a problem. The gold standard to treat sleep apnea in moderate to severe cases is oftentimes a CPAP machine. There's a hood that you wear at night and air is pushed through that hood under pressure. For those patients who can't get used to wearing a CPAP machine, or won't use a CPAP machine for whatever reasons ... Some people are just self conscious about it. A lot of women don't want to wear a CPAP machine in front of their spouse. There are oral appliances that we can make that actually will position the jaw at night and open the airway and relieve the problems that they're having with the sleep apnea.
- It is much more comfortable than a CPAP mask.
- There is no noise to keep you and your partner awake.
- It is easy to carry with you when traveling.
- You’ll have more restful and safer sleep.
Dr. George Hoop and his team can help you take the next step toward a healthier body. Call 239-734-7737 to set up a consultation or appointment where you can learn about our sleep apnea treatment.
Sleep Apnea Treatment That Won’t Cause Distress
The problem for many sleep apnea sufferers is that the traditional treatment is somewhat uncomfortable. A CPAP, while necessary for some, is not ideal for many others with this sleep disorder. However, treatment is a must. Without it, patients leave themselves at increased risk for weight gain, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, depression, anxiety, and fatigue.
An oral appliance fits into your mouth much like an athletic mouthguard. Your appliance will be custom-made to fit your teeth so that it is comfortable to wear at night. The appliance will draw your lower jaw forward, which will hold your airway open as you sleep. This results in easier breathing, better sleep, and better overall health.
If you aren’t sure that you have this sleep disorder, just give us a call. Dr. Hoop can walk you through the process for having a sleep test done and getting those results read by your primary care physician. You should have this done if you have any of these symptoms:
- Chronic snoring
- Headaches in the morning
- Waking up to a sore or dry throat without any other signs of illness
- Suddenly waking in the night feeling as though you are gasping for air
- Problems maintaining focus throughout the day
- Difficulty staying awake while driving