Find Treatment For Sleep Disorders In Ocala
Are you sleepy during the day, even though you went to bed on time and got what you thought was a full night’s sleep? Do you feel a little “out of it” during the day, like you can’t focus? Do you find yourself feeling more irritable or impatient? Is your sleep partner complaining about your snoring?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, it may be you have one of the most common sleep disorders called sleep apnea. At Ocala Smiles, we can diagnose your snoring problems and find treatment options, so you and the people you love can sleep better again!
When Snoring Becomes More Than a Nuisance
Snoring is something that people often joke about. After all, it can definitely be annoying to sleep next to someone who is snoring like something out of a cartoon. Snoring can keep people around you from getting a good night’s sleep, and it can keep you from a restful snooze, too!
But snoring isn’t always to be taken lightly. If you’re someone who snores, this problem could impact your quality of life. Maybe you’ve already tried to prevent your snoring only to see no differences. Don’t worry! There are treatments for snoring and sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is one of the most prevalent sleep disorders, and there are myriad treatments available in Ocala. The throat closing is what causes the “apnea,”—a word that means “stopping.” Sleep apnea means “stopping sleep,” or interrupted sleep. It may surprise you to know that sleep disorders patients who suffer from sleep apnea often have this interrupted sleep over 50 times per night! This is why you are so tired.
While sleep apnea might not sound like that big of a deal, it’s more than just a frustrating condition. In fact, it can get dangerous. For one thing, sleep apnea is connected to many other serious illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes. For another, sleep apnea may cause you to gasp or choke in your sleep, which is a major concern.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
When dealing with sleep apnea, it’s important to note that the symptoms include more than just snoring. Many people without sleep apnea snore; while snoring is worth treating, it’s not necessarily a medical problem.
The best way to tell if you have sleep apnea is to book an appointment with our dental experts. You can also be on the lookout for the following signs and symptoms:
- Waking up gasping for air.
- Having a dry mouth in the morning.
- Snoring loudly.
- Problems with insomnia.
- Exhaustion during the daytime.
- Struggling to pay attention when you are awake.
Getting enough sleep is vital to overall health and happiness. If you’re tired of waking up and never feeling rested, it might be time to look into sleep apnea. Contact Ocala Smiles to book an appointment or to find out more.
Am I Likely To Have Sleep Apnea?
Even if you know you snore, it doesn’t always mean you have sleep apnea. But, if you have certain risk factors, sleep apnea is more likely. Along with speaking to the dental team at Ocala Smiles, you can also take note of the following risk factors:
- Age: Older adults are much more likely to have sleep apnea.
- Gender: Men are around two to three times more likely to get this condition than women.
- Allergies: Have consistent allergies that impact your breathing? This can make sleep apnea worse.
- Weight: Extra weight around your neck can affect your airways and increase the risk.
Have any of these risk favors or many of them? Contact us for a consultation to treat snoring or sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Mouth Guard Treatment
What most sleep disorders patients use to treat sleep apnea and snoring is called a CPAP machine, which monitors your breathing and gives you the ability to breathe easier.
However, there are problems with using a CPAP. They are bulky and slightly heavy machines, usually about the size of a tissue box. They require electricity. The machine also uses a mask that covers the nose and mouth with a tube connected between the mask and the machine—which many feel uncomfortable trying to sleep with.
If you cannot stand the mask on your face, if you are going somewhere that doesn’t have electricity (like going camping), if you are going somewhere that makes carrying this machine difficult, or if you move around a lot as you sleep, using a CPAP can be a problem.
We offer a custom-made mouthguard for you that will shift your jaw so your airway stays slightly open while you sleep. This extra space in your airway means your snoring is radically diminished or even eradicated, and you can breathe easier. This is good news for you and your sleep partner who is also struggling to get good sleep due to your snoring!
Why Is The Sleep Apnea Mouthguard a Good Choice For Sleep Disorders?
- The mouthguard requires no electricity so is much easier to use when traveling.
- The mouthguard is far less bulky than a CPAP machine.
- The mouthguard gives you more freedom of movement as well as has no mask you have to put on your face.
- CPAP machines often need expensive repairs. Our mouthguard is custom-made for you and can be used indefinitely.
- The mouthguard can eliminate snoring.
- The mouthguard is far more cost-effective than a CPAP or other surgical treatments.
Ready to wake up feeling rested? We want to help you get the great night’s sleep you deserve. Call us to get started with a sleep apnea treatment. Trust us, your family and friends will thank you once you’re not snoring anymore, and you’ll love feeling more energetic!
Find Rest from Your Sleep Apnea With Treatment in Ocala
Snoring can be more than obnoxious. If you suspect sleep apnea is lowering your quality of life and impacting your health, don’t wait to get treatment! Even if you’re just tired of snoring during the night, our Ocala Smiles dental team is happy to help you and your loved ones find relief from consistent snoring issues.
If you are tired of struggling with sleep apnea, sleep disorders, and snoring—or just plain tired—call us! Dr. Evelyn in Marion County, FL, cares about your oral health and will do his best to help you. Ask us about our sleep apnea treatment and other general dentistry services for our patients from Ocala and The Villages. Give us a call today to get started!