5 Ways Sleep Apnea Could Be Affecting Your Life
Do you wake up feeling tired even after you’ve slept for eight hours? Does your partner escape to the sofa at night because of your loud snoring?
Both of these symptoms may be signs that you have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that diminishes your quality of life because it impacts two vital areas – breathing and sleeping. The symptoms of untreated sleep apnea can take a toll on your job, relationships, and general well-being.
Jeffrey C. Robertson, DDS is pleased to offer safe, comfortable treatment for sleep apnea at our Irvine, CA dental office that helps our patients get the healthy, restful sleep they need.
Sleep Apnea Threatens Your Health
Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles and soft tissues in your throat relax and block your airway, making it difficult or impossible to breathe freely during sleep. You may not be aware of it, but your oxygen-deprived body is, and it forces you to wake up and breathe.
Since you’re not sleeping peacefully, you’re not getting the restorative rest your body needs to stay healthy. And depleted oxygen levels can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even depression.
How Sleep Apnea Impacts Your Life
Your health isn’t the only thing that suffers if you have sleep apnea. A lack of restful sleep also wreaks havoc on your day-to-day life:
- Headaches upon waking
- Daytime sleepiness
- Irritability or depression
- Difficulty concentrating
- Drowsy-driving accidents
A Simple Solution for a Serious Disorder
Many people with sleep apnea are treated with a CPAP machine to help them breathe freely. But the mask can be uncomfortable to wear, so sleep apnea patients often put their health at risk by not wearing it as directed by their doctor.
Dr. Jeffrey Robertson offers conservative sleep apnea treatment in Irvine that is comfortable and effective. We customize a device that fits similarly to a mouth guard and repositions your lower jaw slightly forward. This position prevents the airway from becoming obstructed, and the result is peaceful, restful, and healthy sleep.
If you would like to learn more, please call to arrange an appointment with Dr. Robertson to see if our conservative sleep apnea treatment is the healthiest solution for you.