Good sleep is good for your health. When you feel rested, you feel rejuvenated. You feel inspired to tackle the day ahead. You are more energized and more pleasant to be around, too.
For people with obstructive sleep apnea, that kind of deep sleep can be rare. You may not remember the last time you woke up feeling like you got a full night of sleep.
Our team at Smiles by Dr. Chai wants to change that. We offer a treatment that has helped many of our patients (and their spouses) in and around The Woodlands, TX. Schedule a consultation by calling 281-367-5900 today. Discover how good you can feel when you wake up.
Signs Of Bad Sleep
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which you stop breathing when you fall asleep. Even though it affects tens of millions of people in the United States, more than half of them have never been diagnosed, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of this condition. When you have OSA, your airways become restricted, which is what makes it difficult to breathe. When you have OSA, you may have multiple symptoms, including:
- Frequent breathing stoppages
- Loud and persistent snoring
- Waking up with headaches
- Waking up with a dry mouth
- Daytime sleepiness
- Becoming easily annoyed or irritated
Your family and friends could be more aware of some of these symptoms than you are. Often, a patient’s partner will mention how snoring is affecting their sleep or how concerned they are about breathing stoppages (which can happen hundreds of times each night).
Breathe Right, Sleep Better
Your breathing stoppages cause you to wake up often throughout the night. As a result, you rarely (if ever) reach the stages of deep sleep. Without deep sleep, you can feel sleep-deprived. This could help explain why OSA can increase your risk of high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, and car accidents.
The key to treating sleep apnea is finding a way to continue breathing. Often a CPAP machine is the first recommendation after someone has been diagnosed. This can be effective when used correctly, but more than half of CPAP users quit using it after a year. The feel of the air pressure, the irritation of the mask, and the sound of the machine are just a few reasons people don’t stick with this treatment.
At our office, we can help you by making at Thornton Adjustable Positioner. This is a custom-made oral appliance that you wear while you sleep. It works by changing the resting position of your jaw in a way that keeps your airways open. This allows you to keep breathing, snore less, and stay asleep long enough to reach the stages of deep, healthy sleep that we all need.
Enjoy Some Rest
We want you to get the benefits that come with quality sleep. If you’ve never been diagnosed, we can help you get tested. It’s time to help yourself and your loved ones get the sleep you deserve.