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You’ve been told that you snore loudly by your partner, and when you wake up, you don’t feel rested even though you had a sufficient quantity of sleep. If this is true for you, you shouldn’t just ignore these symptoms, because you may have a disorder that’s making it difficult to breathe properly and get much needed sleep at night. At Smiles By The Sea, we are equipped to help treat your sleep apnea so that you and your partner can enjoy a full night of undisturbed rest, which can lead to healthier, happier days.
Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing stops during sleep, causing your brain to wake your body up to resume breathing. This phenomenon can occur between five and thirty times per hour, adding up to hundreds of times per night, depriving you of restful sleep.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include the following:
If you think you may have sleep apnea based on these symptoms, it’s important to undergo a sleep study so that you can be properly diagnosed and receive treatment. We can recommend sleep centers in the Hampton area that can help you.
If you have any of the following, you could have an increased risk of sleep apnea:
Being aware of your potential risks can help you be on the lookout for any signs of sleep apnea and get treatment sooner.
Sleep apnea is more than just annoying for your partner; it can have serious consequences if left untreated. For example, studies have shown that sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure and hypertension, two common risks for heart disease or events like a heart attack or stroke. Also, when you’re constantly tired during the day, your ability to function and respond can become impaired, potentially causing accidents, particularly when driving. Your long-term health and safety are worth the time and effort it takes to seek necessary treatment for your sleep apnea.
Some patients benefit from a CPAP machine, but others can find it more disruptive to their rest than their sleep apnea. That’s why, at Smiles By The Sea, Dr. Shevchenko provides a custom-made oral appliance that repositions the lower jaw and keeps the airways open during sleep. This small appliance can make a world of difference for the quality of your sleep and, therefore, your quality of life.
Our experienced team is dedicated to helping you stay happy and healthy, and that includes treating your sleep apnea with an oral appliance. Dr. Shevchenko and our team are happy to discuss sleep apnea with you and get you back on track for better rest. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!