Chronic fatigue, nightly snoring, and headaches are all debilitating effects of sleep apnea. This dangerous sleep disorder greatly impacts the quality of your life, making your daily activities and personal relationships challenging. Treating sleep apnea may also be tricky if you have difficulties with CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure therapy. The good news is that your dentist in Jacksonville offers sleep apnea alternatives.
What is Sleep Apnea?
The most common type of sleep apnea is known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, and this occurs when your airway becomes blocked, cutting off your oxygen supply during the night. The lack of oxygen signals your brain to wake up, and this can happen multiple times during the night. While you may not even realize that you’re waking up, your body feels the effects of the lack of rejuvenating sleep.
You may find that you struggle to complete your daily tasks, and you might suffer from depression, irritability, and anxiety. Patients who have sleep apnea in Jacksonville, may also experience chronic fatigue, headaches, and weight gain. Sleep apnea also contributes to other health concerns such as diabetes, heart failure, stroke, and high blood pressure.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
While CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure therapy is highly effective, it’s also hard for some patients due to the mask that has to be worn at night while you sleep. Many patients complain about the noise of the machine or the feelings of claustrophobia they experience while wearing the mask. For these reasons, unfortunately, the CPAP is not effective for every patient.
At Eccella Smiles, Dr. Scott Wagner offers alternative sleep apnea therapy with custom oral appliances. Each oral appliance is designed with the patients’ unique needs in mind. They slightly reposition your jaw so your airway remains open throughout the night, allowing you to breath freely.
Oral appliances are comfortable and easy to wear, and many patients who suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea are experiencing great results in successfully managing their sleep apnea with an appliance. Patients who suffer from severe sleep apnea may benefit from a combination of CPAP and oral appliance therapy.
Contact Eccella Smiles to Learn More
Dr. Wagner has been helping patients in Jacksonville manage their sleep apnea for over 15 years. When you’re ready to reclaim your rest and your health, contact Eccella Smiles office today to schedule your next appointment.