Are you tired of waking up from a full nights rest and still feeling tired? Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which a person stops breathing periodically throughout the night due to physical obstructions of the airway. These “apneas,” or repeated interruptions can lead to many debilitating symptoms and left untreated can lead to life threatening diseases.
According to the American Sleep Association, www.sleepassociation.org, sleep apnea is a chronic condition that usually goes undiagnosed for years. If left untreated, sleep apnea can be very serious causing increased risk for:
• Heart attack
• High blood pressure • Stroke
The good news is Dr. Hume can help! There are many dental devices that are approved to treat sleep apnea without having to wear the dreaded CPAP machine, or sometimes referred to as the “Darth Vader Mask.” Dr. Hume uses a device called the tap dental device. Click the link http://tapintosleep.com to learn more about this device pictured below.
These devices position the jaw in a manner that opens up the airway leading to increased oxygen intake. After an evaluation and simple set of impression at the dental office, you can return for your device and be on your way to better rest in less than a week!
Don’t know if you have sleep apnea? Take the quiz below to find out your risk:
Do you snore?
Is your snoring so loud it can be heard through a door or wall?
Do you stop breathing or gasp during sleep?
Do you have high blood pressure?
Do you occasionally doze, or fall asleep during the day when you are not busy or active?
Are you overweight?
If you answered yes to 3 or more of these questions you might be a candidate for the dental devices we offer.
Contact Ted Hume Dental today for an appointment, and get on your way to better nights sleep now!