Dr. Hanson and his staff know the importance of a good night’s sleep. Without being fully rested, the next day can be a struggle – and it is even worse when you can’t help the problem that is keeping you from getting a full night of rest. Sleep apnea is one of those problems, and that is why we feel obligated to offer you solutions so you can get a full night’s sleep.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when breathing is interrupted during sleep and causes you to wake up. It is most likely to occur in men, people who are overweight, and people over the age of 40. If you think that you are having trouble sleeping as a result of sleep apnea, make an appointment at Oregon Smile Care Center, and we will give you a take-home screening that will reveal your sleep patterns. By knowing what your sleep patterns are, we will be able to correctly determine if what you are dealing with is sleep apnea.
How Sleep Apnea Can Damage Your Health
If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can lead to several health problems. If you have untreated sleep apnea, your breathing can be interrupted hundreds of times a night without you even knowing that it is affecting your sleep. This results in the brain and the rest of the body not getting a sufficient amount of oxygen. Untreated sleep apnea can also lead to hypertension, heart failure, and stroke.
How We Treat Sleep Apnea
Knowing about all of the health problems that sleep apnea causes, we feel it is our duty at Oregon Smile Care Center to supply you with solutions to this awful condition. The most common type of treatment that is offered by other physicians is a CPAP machine. This machine pumps air to a mask that is worn throughout the night to help you breathe. While we think this is an effective method, we’ve found that wearing a mask at night isn’t exactly comfortable. Being uncomfortable will affect your sleep, which still leaves you tired the next day. That is why we try to get our patients off of the CPAP machine and replace it with the TAP appliance.
The TAP appliance is a mouthguard that goes over your upper and lower teeth. It neutralizes by securing your jaw into place comfortably while at the same time moving your lower jaw forward, which will open up your airway for clear breathing. The fact that it is a mouthpiece makes for a more comfortable sleep, which will have you feeling rejuvenated the following day.
To learn more about how we can help you at Oregon Smile Care Center, make an appointment by calling (503) 837-2718 or use our online contact form to schedule your sleep apnea treatment Salem, OR area. We care about you having a good night’s sleep!