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Breathe Easier with National Sleep Awareness Week

March 18, 2022

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Physician for sleep apnea treatmentDid you know about 22 million Americans have sleep apnea, but 80% of these people are unaware they have the breathing disorder? Contrary to popular belief, sleep apnea involves much more than just chronic snoring. There can be potentially deadly complications without any treatment. Many people don’t believe they are at risk or don’t recognize the signs of sleep apnea, which is why the National Sleep Foundation has made a recent announcement. They have dedicated the week of March 13-19 as National Sleep Awareness Week to spotlight the importance of a good night’s rest. 

Sleep Quality Affects Your Health

The average adult requires 7-9 hours of sleep nightly. Adequate rest is necessary for your body to function correctly. Without enough sleep, you’ll have an added risk of various health issues, like cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Not to mention, your mental health can take a sharp decline, affecting your mood and quality of life. 

Although it’s normal to have a bad night occasionally, people struggling to make it through the day without a nap or afternoon coffee often can have an underlying problem, like sleep apnea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a common condition that causes interruptions in breathing. As you doze off, the soft tissues in the back of your mouth relax, which can cause them to block your airway. The obstruction results in frequent pauses in breathing, depleting your body of oxygen. Over time, this can wreak havoc on your health, increasing the likelihood of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, and sleep deprivation.

Sleep apnea can be difficult to detect because many symptoms occur without you being aware. Not to mention, the diversity of the symptoms can seem like they are attributed to something else, like a bad mattress. It’s important to consult with your physician if you experience:

  • Loud, chronic snoring
  • Waking choking or gasping for air
  • Morning headaches
  • Frequent mood changes
  • Memory loss
  • Daily fatigue

Benefits of Sleep Apnea Treatment

Treating sleep apnea is simple and effective with an oral appliance. Although a CPAP is the most traditional treatment, the FDA has approved oral appliances for mild-to-moderate cases of sleep apnea. The customized device is designed to move your tongue and lower jaw forward to keep the airway open. You won’t have to worry about any uncomfortable masks or noisy machines to breathe better.

You don’t have to wait for National Sleep Awareness Week to get the treatment you need. After a diagnosis is confirmed, your dentist will provide a customized, comfortable oral appliance so you can sleep soundly. You can invest in better health and a boost in energy with sleep apnea therapy. 

About Dr. John A. Carollo

Dr. Carollo earned his dental degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He has over 30 years of experience in dentistry and has completed advanced training in sleep apnea therapy. Contact our office today to request your consultation if you believe you have sleep apnea.

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