Take Charge Of Your Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Take a deep breath. Now, hold it.
How long could you do it until you had to breathe again? No matter what your answer is, eventually, you start breathing again.
Now, imagine doing that multiple times every hour that you are asleep. That is essentially what happens to someone who has sleep apnea. This is a sleep disorder that affects millions of people across the United States. Yet, most people who have this condition have never been diagnosed, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association.
The good news is that help may be closer than you know. At the office of Walter D. Felton, DDS, we offer a sleep apnea treatment that can help you and your loved ones get the rest you deserve.
To find out if you could benefit from this treatment, call 804-392-0792 to schedule a consultation at our office in Chester, VA.
Signs Of A Problem
Before we go too far, we want to describe some of the common signs that you may have obstructive sleep apnea. OSA is the most common form of this condition. Please note that you may need to ask other people about some of these symptoms:
- Constant snoring when you fall asleep
- Frequent breathing stoppages when you are sleeping
- Waking up feeling fatigued or like you haven’t slept
- Waking up frequently with headaches
- Daytime sleepiness
- Becoming annoyed or irritated easily
- Difficulty staying focused on a particular task
Please know that OSA is more than just an inconvenience. It can pose genuine risks to your health. People who have untreated OSA face a higher chance of developing high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and strokes. They also are more likely to be involved in car accidents due to sleep deprivation.
Address The Cause Of The Problem
OSA occurs when someone’s airways become blocked. When they fall asleep, their muscles relax, allowing soft tissue to press into their airway. As their airway slowly closes, this leads to the loud snoring associated with OSA. When the airway is completely closed off, they will stop breathing until the body wakes them up briefly.
Because this cycle can repeat hundreds of times every night, a person with OSA may never get the deep sleep that health experts say all of us need to recover.
CPAP machines can do this by pushing air through a mask into your airway. If you can tolerate this, it can be an effective treatment. Unfortunately, about half of all people who receive a CPAP will quit using it within a year.
Thankfully, you can choose another treatment. You can get an oral appliance to wear while you sleep. This doesn’t require wearing a mask. It doesn’t require electricity, and it doesn’t make noise while you are using it.
This can help you snore less, keep breathing, and get the deep, refreshing sleep you need to wake up ready to take on the day.
With a little help from Dr. Felton’s office, you can begin treating your obstructive sleep apnea. Your first step is scheduling a consultation at our office. Contact us online or call 804-392-0792 today!