Weston Dentist Asks If You Know You Have Sleep Apnea?
Now that there is an effective, comfortable therapy for sleep apnea, our Weston family dentistry practice is seeing more patients interested in the SomnoDent appliance that quickly reduces or eliminates sleepless nights and bothersome snoring. Sleep apnea and the more serious Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can rob you of energy during the day and over time can aggravate health conditions like hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, work and driving related accidents and even promote stroke.
How Likely Are You To Be Suffering From Sleep Apnea?
It’s estimated that there are 30 million Americans that suffer from sleep apnea. Most cases go undiagnosed because patients simply aren’t aware that they have it or that there is solution for their snoring and sleepless nights. Do you have sleep apnea? If you answer yes to the following you may:
- Consistently snore loudly (louder than your normal speaking voice)
- A feeling of sleepiness or fatigue during the day
- Are you being treated for high blood pressure
- Are you a male over 50 years old
- Do you have a neck size of 17′ or greater
- Are you significantly overweight
If you snore loudly and you feel tired during the day and you answered yes to 3 or more of the questions you may want to consider visiting the office for a diagnostic evaluation.
In the past, treatment for sleep apnea was limited to surgery or the use of CPAP therapy. The surgical procedure is not appropriate for all cases and the CPAP device (a mask connected to and air pump via a hose) is so cumbersome and inconvenient that few patients continue the therapy longer than 60 days.
As the first Weston dentist, Dr. Pyle has always stayed on the cutting edge of dental technology. When he learned of the SomnoDent therapy he determined that it would greatly enhance the quality of life for many patients and partook in the training that qualified him to prepare custom devices. SomnoDent is the latest service to be added to an already long list of family dental services offered by the practice.
Today patients can have custom designed appliances that are comfortable, allow normal speaking and drinking, and eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea made right in the office. If this is an area you believe can help you, give us a call and schedule an appointment.