Did you know that sleep apnea is one of the most undiagnosed health issues in America today? It is a problem faced by millions of people, but not controlled well by many. And far from being simply annoying or inconvenient, sleep apnea can have serious consequences for your health. At Charles A. Peter, DMD, PL, we think we can help.
Sleep apnea is often caused by an obstruction, like soft tissue in the back of your mouth, blocks the windpipe, causing restricted airflow. This causes snoring, gasping and choking, and eventually interrupted sleep. This, in turn, leads to fatigue, headaches, and can be a factor in depression, heart disease, and diabetes.
The most common treatment for sleep apnea is the use of a CPAP machine during sleep. But these can be uncomfortable and don’t work on everyone. If this is your case, Dr. Charles Peter may suggest using a Silent Nite appliance. This device subtly repositions the lower jaw during sleep, preventing obstruction of the windpipe by soft tissue. Devices like these are easier to sleep with, and have actually been proven more effective in the long term than some surgical procedures.
If you or your partner suffer from sleep apnea, don’t put off getting treatment. Please contact our office in Clearwater, FL, to set up your appointment today. It’s time to sleep easy again.