Have you struggled to figure out the perfect gift to get Dad for Father’s Day? A man only needs so many ties and socks, right? Here’s an idea – do something for him that will not only make him feel better, but that could also improve his health and maybe even help him live longer.
Sleep apnea and snoring treatment with a comfortable oral appliance from Stonecreek Dental can help eliminate his symptoms of sleep apnea, as well as loud, annoying snoring. He’ll feel much better and help prevent serious health consequences. Come to think of it, with less snoring, everyone else may benefit from his treatment, too!
Snoring isn’t always a sign of sleep apnea, although the two often go hand-in-hand. So if your Dad (or anybody else for that matter) snores often, then there is good likelihood that sleep apnea is happening as well.
Sleep Apnea: The Sleep Disruptor
Sleep apnea episodes occur when your airway gets blocked during sleep. It is normal for the tongue and other soft tissues in the back of your throat to relax while sleeping. However, if they drop down too much they can actually block the airway and interrupt normal breathing.
After a few seconds without breathing, your brain will signal your body to wake up and take in more oxygen. So, you wake up briefly (usually with a snort), take a few normal breaths, and drift off to sleep again. This cycle can repeat over and over throughout the night – occurring 50 or more times per hour in severe sleep apnea sufferers!
Plus, if you have sleep apnea, you usually don’t even realize your sleep is being interrupted. All you know is you wake up feeling tired and groggy, you’re sleepy and moody throughout the day, and you may even suffer from depression.
And those are just the most obvious symptoms of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is also a major contributor to a number of other major health concerns such as high blood pressure , heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes. These conditions are less obvious up front, even though your sleep apnea may already be playing a big role in their development or worsening.
Sooo, if your Dad is known to snore, or seems more tired, grumpy, or depressed than usual, then sleep apnea could be to blame.
Our Treatment Offers an Alternative to CPAP
That’s where Stonecreek Dental comes in. But you may be wondering, Why would I go to a dentist for sleep apnea treatment? Good question. The reason is that our dental team is qualified to treat sleep apnea symptoms with a simple oral appliance – as an alternative to, or in addition to, a CPAP machine that physicians often prescribe.
CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. By means of a mask you wear while sleeping, the device pumps air through your airway to keep it open and help you breathe normally. CPAP treatment works well, however many sleep apnea sufferers struggle with it. The mask is sometimes hard to get used to. So much so, that some people just give up on it entirely.
Our custom oral appliance is a fantastic alternative to a clunky CPAP machine. The comfortable device exerts gentle pressure on your lower jaw to push it forward slightly. This movement is enough to keep your tongue and those soft tissues from blocking your airway. You sleep better and feel better the next day!
Get a Diagnosis in Your Own Bed
One of the best parts about our sleep apnea treatment is that you don’t have to spend a night in a strange bed at a sleep center to get diagnosed. After we give your dad a brief examination, we’ll provide him with a sleep test he can take home and use. He can do the test in the comfort of his own bed! A board-certified physician will then analyze the results and determine if he is suffering from sleep apnea.
If he is, then we will craft a custom appliance for him that will eliminate not only the effects of sleep apnea, but snoring as well! Now that’s a gift that everyone can be happy with! Wouldn’t it feel nice knowing that you’re doing something good for your father’s health, rather than giving him another tie that’s going to hang in his closet collecting dust for the next year?
Do him and your whole family a favor and call us today to discuss sleep apnea and snoring. Our caring staff is ready to help you help your father. But, we’ll treat anyone – it doesn’t have to be your father. Maybe you feel groggy and tired during the day. Ask your bed partner if you snore. I’m sure they’ll be honest with you!
If you have any questions about sleep apnea and snoring treatment or if you want to make an appointment, call us today at 877-959-5405.