You may be aware of the signs of sleep apnea – snoring, waking up and gasping for air in the middle of the night, feeling tired during the day, trouble concentrating at work or school. If you have any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.
Dr. Eccles would love to help you sleep better, feel better, and be more productive. Sleep apnea is nothing to just brush off, thinking that it only affects your sleep. This condition has been linked to several major health concerns, including heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression.
We invite you to pay us a visit soon so you can get the help you need to overcome symptoms of sleep apnea. With the right treatment, you can get a good night’s sleep again. Plus, your bed partner may be just as happy about that as you are!
Protect Your Health From Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can affect both men and women, however, men who are overweight and over the age of 40 are at the highest risk of developing this condition. If you have a large neck size, large tongue or tonsils, or a small jawbone, then you’re also more likely to get sleep apnea.
When sleep apnea occurs, you stop breathing for a few seconds because your air passages have become temporarily blocked by the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat. After a few seconds without breathing, your brain will signal your body to wake up and take in more oxygen. That’s usually when you gasp and take a deeper breath before falling back to sleep again. This cycle can repeat itself dozens of times per hour, usually without your being aware it’s even happening.
This interfered sleeping can leave you feeling exhausted during the day and make you prone to dozing off at work or at school. This is reason enough to seek treatment for your sleep apnea, but add in the link to the bigger health problems mentioned above and there is definitely a need for getting your sleep apnea under control.
Get the Treatment You Need Right Here
For milder cases of sleep apnea, we can fit you with a custom night guard that you wear while sleeping. This comfortable appliance will fit in your mouth and gently move your lower jaw forward just a bit. This movement is enough to help keep your airway open and make sure you get a good night’s sleep.
If you have more severe sleep apnea, then CPAP may be a better option for you. A CPAP machine blows a steady stream of pressurized air through a mask you wear over your mouth and/or nose. The air helps keep your airway open while you sleep, eliminating sleep apnea symptoms and ensuring you get the sleep you need to function during the day.
When you come in for your initial consultation, Dr. Eccles will ask you some screening questions and, if necessary, will give you a home sleep test you can complete in your own bed. Based on the results of the test, he will recommend a treatment option for you.
Don’t put off getting the rest you deserve. Call Rod Eccles, DDS today at 317-682-0884 to schedule your consultation. You can also make an appointment .