Sleep apnea is a common disorder characterized by one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. The pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They often occur five to thirty times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud choking sound.
It is estimated that over eighteen million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. An estimated ten million Americans go undiagnosed. At best, sleep apnea results in a poor sleep quality that makes you tired during the day. At worse, sleep apnea increases the risk of both heart attacks and strokes.
If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, it is important to discuss your concerns with your primary care physician. Your primary care physician may refer you to a sleep specialist who can confirm the diagnoses using a sleep study.
If it is confirmed that you suffer from sleep apnea, several courses of treatment are available. Depending on the severity, your physician may recommend lifestyle changes, changes in sleep patterns or even surgery. One popular treatment option is a mouthpiece that helps to open your airway, encouraging healthy breathing while you sleep. This treatment option is easy to implement and does not require any down time for the patient. Many dental practices offer customize mouthpieces to treat patients with sleep apnea.
If you are currently suffering from sleep apnea, do not ignore the problem and risk your health and your quality of life. To get more information about a sleep apnea mouthpiece, please contact a qualified dentist in your area. You will be glad you did.
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