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Sleep Apnea Endangers Your Life

  • May 8, 2018
  • Sometimes snoring is just that: snoring. You have a cold or allergies, and your nose just can’t get the air through clearly. So you snore. But sometimes, that nighttime humming is something much more. We offer sleep apnea treatment in Hagerstown, MD, and we think it’s time you were evaluated.

    You see, this isn’t just because snoring is annoying: it is (at least, your spouse thinks so). Sleep apnea is a threat to your life, and the only way to protect yourself is to treat the sleep apnea. Today we want to talk about how you go about doing that and how we can help!

    Sleep Apnea Warning

    Before we get into treatment, let’s take a look at why this is so important. We mentioned that it could endanger your life, but we didn’t go into many specifics. Take a look at the list below to get a better idea of what we’re talking about. These are the health concerns sleep apnea has been linked to:

    1. Heart disease
    2. Diabetes
    3. Stroke
    4. High blood pressure
    5. Depression
    6. Anxiety
    7. Sleep-related accidents

    You see? We’re not talking about simple things here. We are talking about life-threatening illnesses that can ruin your life.

    Treating Sleep Apnea

    The good news is that treatment can actually begin at home. There are a lot of things that you can do that will reduce your risk and symptoms of sleep apnea. The number one way?

    Lose weight.

    Losing weight can greatly improve your sleep apnea symptoms or get rid of them altogether. After you lose weight, you should consider giving up tobacco and other relaxants, sleeping on your belly/side, and exercising more.

    You should also get in touch with us at the office. We’re going to begin by confirming your sleep apnea diagnosis. From there, we’ll talk about treatment options. You may have heard of a CPAP, which you’d usually have prescribed by your general care physician. We provide an alternative to CPAP called OAT (oral appliance therapy).

    Using an oral appliance to treat sleep apnea is a much more comfortable way to alleviate symptoms and sleep better. It’s much like sleeping with a mouthguard. The appliance is thin and fits around your teeth. It will gently apply pressure to your lower jaw, which will hold your airway open. This allows you to breathe easily, stop snoring, and get the rest you need.

    Remember, you are not the only person in your home who is suffering. Anyone who sleeps near you is also losing sleep. Your spouse is probably suffering most of all. We have heard many stories about spouses who are finally able to share a bedroom again! It’s amazing what this simple solution can provide.

    Call us today at 240-513-7523 (Frederick) or 240-347-0910 (Hagerstown) to set up an appointment. We look forward to helping you be healthier, happier, and well-rested!

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