Do you wake up every morning tired, head aching, and with a sore throat? Do you consistently feel exhausted even though you’re getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night? Is your bed partner constantly elbowing you because of your loud snoring? If so, you may be suffering from a serious sleep disorder called sleep apnea. Over 20 million people deal with these exact same symptoms, and what may seem like just a little daytime sleepiness can eventually turn into a very serious health concern.
If you haven’t heard of sleep apnea before, here are some numbers you should definitely know:
Admittedly, these numbers are pretty grim, but just one quick internet search will show you dozens and dozens of studies that support them.
At this point, you’re probably wondering why you’re reading about a sleep disorder on a dentist’s site. What do your teeth have to do with sleep apnea?
One of the simplest and most effective treatments available for sleep apnea today is called oral appliance therapy. Using just a custom-made mouthguard, a specially trained dentist can almost immediately help you sleep peacefully throughout the night. In order for this mouthguard to be both effective AND comfortable, it needs to fit on your teeth and manipulate your facial muscles in a very particular way. The only person who can provide this kind of care is, you guessed it, a highly-trained and experienced sleep dentist.
Dr. Brian Zulawinski is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and if you’re suffering from any of the symptoms we mentioned earlier, he just may have the solution you need.
Still curious about how a dentist can help you treat sleep apnea? We’re more than happy to answer your questions, so please feel free to contact our office.