Sleep Apnea Treatment
There is nothing as good as getting a decent night’s sleep, and not much worse than not getting it. Are you sleeping like a baby, or tossing and turning all night? Probably, if you are reading this, you are not getting the sleep you need. Maybe you wake up unable to breathe. Maybe you finally do fall asleep, but then you wake your partner with persistent, annoying snoring, and then you get that sour look all through breakfast because he or she got no sleep.
Are you getting the good night’s sleep you deserve? Again, if you’re reading this, the answer is probably “No.” Perhaps you toss and turn, or wake repeatedly throughout the night. When you wake, you may feel as though you can’t breathe, or you snore, and wake the entire household.
Does that sound like you? You could have sleep apnea.
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We could tell you that many people have trouble with sleep apnea, but we doubt that would make you feel better. Sleep apnea is a very common problem. People suffering from it often wake up 50 or more times in any given night without even knowing on any conscious level.
You do not feel better knowing that other people are in the same boat, and your sleeping partner does not feel better knowing that he or she is not the only one not getting a good night’s sleep. So, you have to find out the cause of your sleep apnea and correct it.
Why Do You Have Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder. It happens when the soft tissues that are located to the rear of your throat collapse while you sleep. Then, one of two things occur – either your windpipe closes and you wake up in a panic, or you start to snore. There is also another effect: once you start snoring, the person that you are sleeping with is probably going to shout at you in an attempt to wake you up. If you have actually stopped breathing, the consequences can be detrimental to your health.
These are all things that happen throughout the night. Once you wake up, the effects of sleep apnea are going to continue. You will be tired, might feel confused, are almost certain to be irritable, and you may experience a level of confusion that could cause you to be a danger to yourself and others in traffic. To be diagnosed, please visit your physician.
Sometimes, if sleep apnea is severe, surgery is warranted. However, before resorting to extreme measures, see Dr. Jack Fong. Your physican will recommend you seek sleep apnea treatment through a dentist who provides oral appliances, like Dr. Fong. He has helped many residents of Amarillo with sleep apnea treatment, usually with nothing more complex than an oral appliance that is worn at night to facilitate proper breathing. Treating sleep apnea provides many benefits for the health of the patient.
Most of the time, sleep apnea will respond to an oral appliance that helps you breathe better. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, contact Dr. Jack Fong for treatment options at 806-353-8184. We can discuss various treatments and find the one that works best to get you a good night’s sleep. Our dentist office is located at 313 Bell, Suite 207, Amarillo, TX 79106. You can also use our appointment page to book a consultation.