When you stop breathing while sleeping, it’s terrifying. You may find yourself waking up and gasping for air. However, serious health issues are also directly connected to sleep apnea.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you can stop breathing between 100 and 300 times per night. Besides disruptive sleep and the obvious dangers of sleep apnea, you may also feel sleep-deprived and exhausted for the rest of the day.
Below, we list some of the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.
The fact is that obstructive sleep apnea can affect every area of your life.
While you can use a CPAP machine or even undergo surgical procedures to help with obstructive sleep apnea, there is a less invasive way to help. Oral appliances provided by a dentist can keep your airway open while sleeping.
Many patients stop using a CPAP machine because they’re uncomfortable and cumbersome to use. Also, surgical procedures are frightening and costly and don’t always resolve all symptoms.
On the other hand, an oral appliance like a snore guard can relieve the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. These devices are often called snore guards, which help position your jaw, so your airway remains open while sleeping.
If a physician has diagnosed you with sleep apnea and you are reluctant to use a CPAP machine, considering oral appliance therapy may work for you.
Are you looking for solutions because you stop breathing while sleeping? Dr. Clint Bruyere and his team at Clint Bruyere DDS are here to help. If you have questions or want to schedule an appointment, contact us at (903) 708-6116.