Sleep Apnea & Snoring
Always Exhausted? The Importance of Achieving the Rest You Need to Keep Your Good Health
and sleep are crucial to sustaining your overall health. Your body demands sleep the same
way it demands air, water, and food. It is critical that your brain and body have the rest phase they
require to re-boot every single day. Lack of sleep can distress your heart by overburdening the muscle
with excessive strain and stress. Heart attacks, strokes, cardiovascular disease and – in severe
circumstances – death have all been linked with sleep disorders.
Your body, specifically your heart, amasses stress throughout the day. When you eventually rest at night,
your heartbeat grows slower and the heart muscle starts to decompress, releasing those stresses. Your
blood pressure decreases, and the pace of age-related disease contributors drops substantially. Your body
requires this time to recoup and gain enough energy to face another day. In sleep, your brain and body
rejuvenate themselves. You can curb illnesses such as obesity, hypertension, memory loss, and diabetes.
Snoring Isn’t Just an Annoyance
is a symptom of a more serious health concern identified as sleep apnea. People with sleep
apnea are threatened with a blockage in their airway. Regrettably, they usually don’t realize they have a
problem. The obstruction impedes their ability to obtain oxygen consistently throughout the night. Sleep
apnea is a chief causal factor to heart disease. Those inflicted with sleep apnea experience higher blood
pressure, which is a primary risk factor for both heart disease and stroke. The results of sleep loss can
be aggravated health concerns and even premature death. Furthermore, sleep deprivation can have negative
effects on the performance of your brain, escalating stress hormones and leading to depression.
Even if you have only minor sleep apnea, using an oral appliance can result in a lessening of or even the
termination of snoring. This could be a fabulous gift to your partner as well as yourself!
Our Alternative to CPAP
for sleep apnea has traditionally been the CPAP device, and it remains the principal means
for controlling moderate to severe sleep apnea. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Air Pressure. A patient
is measured for a mask attached to a machine via hoses that send a constant stream of air into the patient’s
nose or mouth during the night. However, many people find this irritating and they stop wearing the mask.
If you suffer from sleep apnea and can’t stand or are frustrated with your CPAP, we can offer you a different
form of treatment. Dr. Leach can custom fit you with an oral appliance such as the Metz or TAP™ (Thornton
Adjustable Positioner). These are acrylic devices that slide over the upper and lower teeth much like an
orthodontic retainer or mouthguard. These devices gently adjust the position of your tongue and jaw to open
your airway and permit more air flow to your lungs as you sleep. They are simple to place, quick to remove, a
breeze to clean, and handy for travel. These devices are outstandingly comfortable and have an excellent
success rate for easing sleep apnea and snoring.
Snoring and sleep apnea don’t have to fill your nights. Give us a call today at (423) 586-3432 for a no-cost/no-obligation consultation.