If you suffer from sleep apnea in Tigard, you wake frequently throughout the night as your body struggles to breathe. You’re probably familiar with the immediate results: daytime fatigue, irritability, and a lack of focus. While you may be less aware of apnea’s long-term effects, they are even worse. Research has linked the sleep disorder to health risks like high blood pressure, diabetes, and adult asthma.Doctor Gregory Williams on sleep apnea Read Transcript
We all know that it's important to eat a healthy diet and to exercise. The third biggest thing that we can do to help improve our health is to get a good night of sleep. Many people, however, have been diagnosed or concerned about their quality of sleep, and it's related to sleep apnea. We also find that many people who had a good diagnosis of sleep apnea are unable to tolerate a CPAP machine. If you're having a problem with sleep or if you're having a problem with your CPAP machine not working well for you, or if you're not able to tolerate a CPAP machine, come to our office, and we can see if there's something that we can do dentally that will help you improve your sleep quality and sleep ability.
Dr. Williams can provide you with a sleep appliance that will:
- Stop snoring that disturbs your sleep – and the sleep of others in your household
- Keep your airway open so you can breathe easily throughout the night
- Lessen your risk of high blood pressure and other negative health impacts associated with apnea
- Improve your sleep quality so you awaken feeling rested and refreshed
- Help you feel less tired and function better during the day
Whether or not you have apnea, an appliance can improve your relationships with your loved ones by reducing or eliminating your snoring. If you think you could have apnea, mention it to Dr. Williams during your next checkup. If you’d rather not wait, call us today at 503-210-9802. You can schedule your visit as early as 7 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Feel Better With a Sleep Appliance
If Dr. Williams believes you have apnea, he can arrange a sleep test. With a formal diagnosis, insurance may pay for at least part of your sleep apnea treatment. The key to treatment is ensuring your airway remains open while you sleep. The two most commonly prescribed methods of doing so are a sleep appliance and a CPAP machine.
The appliance moves your jaw slightly forward to keep your airway open, while the CPAP sends a stream of pressurized air into your throat. Many sleep apnea sufferers find an appliance easier to adjust to than a CPAP. The appliance is:
- Less Invasive – An appliance fits comfortably inside your mouth much like a sports mouthguard. There is no mask or tubing to get in your way.
- Easier to Use – An appliance requires no electricity, batteries, or distilled water. It is small enough to take with you anywhere.