Sleep Apnea Therapy - Glastonbury, CT
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Do you consistently feel tired during the day despite getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night?
Have you recently experienced problems remembering things, focusing on tasks, or with depression?
Are you so exhausted that you have almost fallen asleep behind the wheel?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you could be one of the more than 30 million Americans that is currently suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is actually the second most common sleep disorder in the world, and it’s estimated that about 80% of the people who have it are either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
If you just can’t seem to get enough sleep, sleep apnea could be the culprit, and at Central Connecticut Orofacial Pain & Sleep Medicine, Dr. Keith Hollinger and our team are ready to help you finally get the rest you deserve.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition where a person temporarily stops breathing for short periods of time during sleep. Most often, this is caused by the soft tissues in the mouth and throat relaxing into the airway and blocking it. This is more specifically known as obstructive sleep apnea , or OSA.
When breathing is completely cut off, the body immediately goes into panic mode and partially wakes up to restore it. This prevents a person from getting the deep, restful sleep they need to feel awake during the day. This is extremely stressful on the body, leading to a dangerous increase in blood pressure that persists even during a person’s waking hours.
The common symptoms of OSA are:
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Waking up gasping or out of breath
- Persistent exhaustion
- Memory problems
- Mood swings or depression
- Issues with weight gain or losing weight
- Sexual dysfunction
While sleep apnea itself isn’t deadly, it can often lead to things that are. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, nearly 38,000 cardiovascular deaths each year can be tied directly to issues stemming from sleep apnea.
Also, exhaustion has long been shown to drastically increase the likelihood of a motor vehicle accident. The National Transportation Safety Board estimates that nearly 100,000 accidents each year can be contributed to drowsy drivers, many of which are later shown to have undiagnosed sleep apnea.
How We Can Help
As we touched on above, the overwhelming majority of people with sleep apnea aren’t actually treating the disorder, but that’s exactly what we do here at Central Connecticut Orofacial Pain & Sleep Medicine. The key to helping an apnea patient is keeping their airway open during the night so they can sleep soundly and get the quality of sleep that everyone needs.
How do we accomplish this? By simply having a patient wear a small, custom-made mouthpiece to bed each night. This approach is called oral appliance therapy, and it works by slightly shifting the jaw in order to prevent the airway from becoming closed off. This allows a patient to sleep without interruption, enabling them to complete a healthy sleep cycle so they can wake up in the morning feeling refreshed.
Come See Us
If you believe that you may have sleep apnea, or if you have already been diagnosed with it, we can provide a proven treatment to help you overcome it. From the first night, your health and your quality of life will begin to improve, and you’ll finally be able to enjoy your days without exhaustion weighing you down.
To schedule a sleep consultation, contact us today.