11Sep

Don’t Let Sleep Apnea Disrupt Your Life. The Chapel Hill Sleep Apnea Dentist Offers Solutions

by Dr. Diane Hourigan

Do you or your partner snore during sleep? Or wake up feeling tired and groggy most mornings?

The Chapel Hill sleep apnea dentist offers treatment for patients who snore, bringing relief from symptoms and allowing everyone to get a good night’s sleep!

Why Do I Snore?

Snoring isn’t just the result of a stuffy nose - it can also be a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a condition that has been linked to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and other physical health issues. Patients who suffer from OSA actually stop breathing momentarily during sleep, which deprives their body with much-needed oxygen and restart with a loud snore.

OSA is frequently the result of a blocked airway and is more common in patients who are overweight or have enlarged tonsils. OSA is often undiagnosed, but there are several key symptoms that many people experience and that should be brought to the attention of your doctor or dentist:

  • Loud snoring- sometimes only noticed by family members
  • Morning headaches
  • Feeling groggy or unable to concentrate, even after a “good night’s sleep”
  • Sleepiness during the day or while driving
  • Insomnia or frequently waking up at night
  • A consistent sore or dry throat in the morning
  • How Can You Help with My OSA?

    The Chapel Hill sleep apnea dentist recommends oral appliance therapy for snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. While a CPAP machine is usually the first line of treatment for OSA, oral appliance therapy can also be very effective. Most patients prefer a customized oral device for comfort reasons, so they are more likely to use it on a consistent basis.

    OSA can be a debilitating health issue when unresolved, affecting daily life for many as well as posing health risks. Discuss your concerns during a consultation us and take the steps to restore your health with a better night’s sleep!