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.
Is your snoring so bad that you wake up your partner or even yourself? If you think you could benefit from a sleep apnea treatment, contact George A. Hoop, DDS for a sleep apnea treatment consultation!
At both our Naples, FL dentist office and our Fort Myers, FL dentist office, Dr. George Hoop and our professional team can do a lot more than fix your smile – we’ll improve your quality of sleep as well!
Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is characterized by repeated interruptions of normal breathing during sleep. Because sleep apnea affects the oxygen levels in your blood, it can lead to other serious health issues if left untreated.
Because it is difficult to tell if you are suffering from sleep apnea or experiencing other problems, you should visit a professional for a proper diagnosis. That said, if you are dealing with any of the following, there’s a chance you may have sleep apnea:
- 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
How We Can Help With Sleep Apnea
If you do have sleep apnea, our Fort Myers, FL and Naples, FL offices can provide a custom-made mouthguard or another form of oral appliance to fix the issue. These options slightly shift the position of your jaw while you sleep to assist in opening your airway.
Unlike other treatment options, like CPAP, our custom mouthguards are comfortable and won’t disturb you or your partner in the night. You’ll sleep more comfortably and breathe better!