Do You Get Enough Sleep?
If you have a difficult time getting a full night’s rest, you may have a common sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious issue affecting over 20 million Americans and costing upwards of $3 billion annually for diagnosis and treatment. Even still, an estimated 80% of sleep apnea cases remain undiagnosed with studies showing that 1 in 4 Americans are at risk.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that can greatly increase a patient’s risk for heart attack and stroke. During sleep the air passage becomes temporarily blocked causing breathing to stop several times throughout the night.
5 Common Signs of Sleep Apnea
- Snoring. Snoring does not guarantee you have sleep apnea, but it presents a compelling reason to be evaluated by the Murray team for sleep issues.
- High Blood Pressure. Believe it or not, high blood pressure may be a sign of sleep apnea.
- Weight Issues. Overweight patients experience sleep apnea far more often than those who maintain a healthy weight.
- Tired, Tired, Tired. Sleep apnea does not allow you to fall deeply into a restful sleep leading to drowsiness throughout the day.
- Bad Attitude. If you’re frequently moody, irritable or depressed it may be related to your lack of sleep caused by sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
While most people may not think of going to their dentist for sleep related issues, the Murray team offers a comfortable and convenient solution to help you sleep better and wake up refreshed. A good night’s sleep leads to more energy throughout the day as well as increased mental focus and clarity. Many patients (and their spouses) find treatment to be a lifesaver.
The Non-CPAP Solution
While traditional approaches typically include an uncomfortable and inconvenient CPAP machine, we use an FDA approved device that is more like a simple mouthguard used in athletics. This personalized oral appliance keeps the jaw in a forward position while you sleep, allowing your airway to remain open for an uninterrupted, better night’s sleep. It is small, portable, quiet, comfortable, and highly effective.
If you think you may be experiencing some symptoms of sleep apnea, please contact us today to schedule an evaluation.