Many of our patients suffer from sleep apnea, experiencing fatigue, excessive daytime sleepiness, anxiety from snoring, interrupted sleep or CPAP intolerance. The medical risks associated with obstructive sleep apnea are serious. Of those who snore, one in seven experience significant obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea means you stop breathing, sometimes for more than 2 minutes, and in severe cases over 100 times per hour! The level of oxygen carried in the bloodstream falls to dangerously low levels with a correspondingly dangerous increase in carbon dioxide. Your sleep is disrupted, and in order to compensate, harmful changes take place in your blood vessels, organs and brain.
Untreated Obstructed Sleep Apnea (OSA) can contribute to risks associated with:
High Blood Pressure
Dr. Amanda Seay now offers a solution for this serious condition, changing lives and offering better health. While the CPAP is the first line of treatment, many cannot tolerate wearing it while they sleep. For those patients, dental advancement appliances are more comfortable and usually easier to tolerate than CPAP. Studies have shown oral appliances reduce the number of sleep apnea episodes by 60%, allowing sufficient oxygen to reach the lungs by keeping the air passage open through the night.
Not sure if you have obstructive sleep apnea or diagnosed but unsuccessful with your CPAP? Call us for an appointment to review your symptoms and take our Watermark Unit home for a sleep study done in the comfort of your own bed.