While it sounds a lot like snoring, sleep apnea is even more serious. Not only does it disrupt your sleep, leading to daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and impaired function, it also causes oxygen deprivation. Together, lack of sleep and oxygen can lead to issues, many of which can be life-threatening, including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Acid reflux
- Erectile dysfunction
- Metabolic syndrome
- Liver problems
What’s worse, according to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep apnea affects more than 18 million Americans – and their bed partners!
Tuscarora Family Dental Care in Martinsburg can help. If we discover signs or symptoms of sleep apnea either during an exam, conversation with you or your bed partner or because of certain risk factors, we will refer you to a doctor for a sleep study. Once your sleep study is complete, we will work with you and your doctor to find the best method of treatment for your particular case. For those who are CPAP intolerant, or have mild to moderate sleep apnea and prefer the convenience of a more travel-sized device, we offer a small and comfortable alternative called the TAP appliance.
The TAP device works by fitting over your teeth and holding your lower jaw forward. This prevents soft tissues from collapsing back into the throat, keeping the airway open, and allowing you to get the deep, restorative sleep you need.
Don’t take risks with your wellbeing. Talk to us about sleep apnea today.