Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that damages the health and wellbeing of millions of people. Unfortunately, most of the people afflicted with sleep apnea don’t even realize they have this dangerous disease.
Sleep apnea occurs when a patient stops breathing several times during the night due to an obstruction in the airway. This reduces the amount of oxygen getting to your brain and body, resulting in a number of medical consequences.
People with untreated sleep apnea are more likely to suffer from strokes and heart attacks. Sleep apnea has also been linked to diabetes, weight gain, decreased libido, depression, and anxiety.
Talking to Dr. Reece About Sleep Apnea
According to the National Sleep Foundation, an estimated 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Dentists are often the first medical practitioners to discover the signs of sleep apnea. This makes sense because dentists specialize in the region of the body where sleep apnea most commonly occurs.
Dr. Reece often discovers symptoms of sleep apnea during regular checkups. That’s because “your mouth, neck, and jaw can display telltale signs that point to the quality of sleep you are getting.”
If Dr. Reece notices signs of sleep apnea, he’ll ask about the type of sleep you’ve been getting. He’ll also inquire about additional symptoms of sleep apnea, such as heavy snoring, daytime sleepiness, and irritability.
Getting the Right Diagnosis and Best Treatment
If you think you’re suffering from sleep apnea, Dr. Reece will make sure you get the right diagnosis. And once you’ve got your diagnosis, we’ll help you find the course of treatment that’s best for you.
We feature treatment alternatives to match your lifestyle. For example, CPAP is a highly effective treatment, especially for cases of severe sleep apnea. But patients often discontinue using CPAP because they find it to be loud and inconvenient.
Many patients who suffer from mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea find relief with our small and comfortable oral appliances. Our oral appliances don’t make any noise and you can take them anywhere. They’re digitally designed and custom crafted just for you.
If you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea, or if you’ve already been diagnosed and you’re looking for the ideal treatment, just give us a call at 979-846-6515. Or, just fill out the submission form and we’ll get right back to you. A restful night’s sleep is closer than you think.