Many people are not aware that they are struggling to get healthy sleep because they have a sleep disorder. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, most of the 30 million people with sleep apnea do not know they have this condition.
Sleep apnea has some common symptoms:
- Loud and constant snoring
- Waking up feeling tired or fatigued
- Waking up often with headaches
- Getting annoyed or irritated easily
- Trouble focusing on tasks
- Daytime sleepiness
If you have two or more of these symptoms, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Vipul Patel, who is certified to treat sleep apnea. Don’t want to schedule a consultation at Church Street Dental Arts with Dr. Patel to find out if we could help you. Call 845-582-3985 to make your appointment.
Understanding Sleep Apnea
If you are wondering what sleep apnea is, you are not alone. Many people have never heard of this condition. It is a sleep disorder that causes people to stop breathing when they fall asleep.
These awakenings can occur dozens of times every hour and hundreds of times each night. While they are often so brief that you have no memory of them, the stoppages affect the quality of your sleep. When you stop breathing, your body wakes you up. This effectively restarts your sleep cycle, which means you rarely (if ever) enjoy deep sleep.
This also puts stress on your body. As a result, you are more likely to have high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and heart attacks.
In other words, sleep apnea affects more than just how rested your feel in the morning.
Get Care to Get Some Rest
To get treatment for sleep apnea, you can trust Dr. Patel. He has been recognized as a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. The ABDSM is the nation’s leading testing organization for dentists who treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy. For you, this means Dr. Patel has training and knowledge in dental sleep medicine.
Often, sleep apnea patients receive a CPAP machine, which can be an effective treatment. Unfortunately, around half of sleep apnea patients give up on their CPAP within a year. The reasons include trouble sleeping with the air pushing into their mouth or nose and being bothered by wearing a mask or by the sound of the machine.
Dr. Patel offers a solution that is more comfortable, portable, and easy to use. He can design an oral appliance that keeps your airway open by slightly adjusting the position of your jaw while you sleep.
“Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option that offers a higher rate of patient compliance than CPAP,” Dr. Patel said. “I work with my patients, and their sleep physicians, to identify the right oral appliance design, then custom fit appliances to each patient and make any needed adjustments to ensure an open airway and a more restful sleep.”
Wake Up Feeling Refreshed
Stop keeping your loved ones awake with your snoring. Start getting the deep, quality sleep that you need and deserve. Plan to visit with Dr. Patel to discover you can get help with your sleep apnea.
Call 845-582-3985 or to visit Warwick Valley Dental in Warwick, NY.