Sleep Apnea Treatment
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Sleep apnea is a common, but sometimes difficult-to-diagnose condition that requires professional attention. If you experience excessive snoring or unrestful sleep, visit Dr. Brad Dixon, a local dentist in Gainesville, Georgia, to be tested for sleep apnea.
If you are diagnosed with this condition, Dr. Dixon will go over your sleep apnea treatment options. The team at Dr. Dixon’s office is known for our extensive experience with advanced dental technology and the warm, welcoming environment of our dental office.
We truly care about the wellbeing of our patients. Take a look at some testimonials to see how we have changed patients’ lives. If you suffer from sleep apnea, contact us today to learn how we can make your nights peaceful again.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
During the deeper stages of sleep, your blood pressure drops and your breathing slows. Blood flows easily into your relaxed muscles, allowing tissues to repair and regenerate. Hormones necessary for growth, muscle development, and energy are released into your bloodstream. Your brain calms itself so that you may dream. Cortisol levels are renewed overnight, promoting morning alertness. Sleep apnea deprives you of this needed rest by causing pauses in breathing during sleep.
Without enough restful sleep your immune system suffers, and imbalances in natural appetite controls occur. It is estimated that 30 to 50 percent of the American population snores, many of whom suffer sleep apnea. That means that millions of people, snorers and their housemates, are not getting the rejuvenation of sufficient sleep on a regular basis.
Snoring occurs when soft tissues at the back of the throat vibrate during heavy breathing. Snoring isn't dangerous, but can interrupt sleep, and is often a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea.
During an episode of obstructive sleep apnea, breathing becomes very shallow or stops for 10 to 20 seconds. This may happen hundreds of times throughout sleep, decreasing oxygen levels and causing blood pressure to shoot up. Sleep apnea is linked to cardiovascular disease (heart attack and stroke), diabetes, obesity and depression.
When Should I Seek Help?
If you experience symptoms such as the following, it is time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dixon for a consultation:
- Inappropriate daytime sleepiness, such as at work or when driving
- Lack of mental focus
- Frequent headaches
- Sore throat in the morning
- Elevated blood pressure
What Are My Treatment Options?
Dr. Dixon will perform a simple non-surgical treatment, which is much easier to accommodate than a CPAP machine and could improve your sleep and possibly save your life.
We will work with your physician to arrange a sleep study to determine if you have sleep apnea, or simply are a snorer. In either case, a small, comfortable oral appliance is designed to hold your jaw slightly open and a bit forward to keep your airway clear during sleep. You’ll adapt quickly to the device, and be amazed at how great you feel in the morning after a night of uninterrupted sleep with increased airflow.
So do yourself and your sleep partner a favor - contact us today to get started with Dr. Dixon to find out if a snore guard is right for you. We look forward to hearing from you!