Posted on 1/10/2020 by Clackamas Oral Surgery Office
There are as many as 20 million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea. Everyone around you may realize you have a problem sleeping, even if you don't, because of your breathing pauses and extremely loud snoring.
If you are one of those people, you may really need some good, deep, sleep. While sleep apnea is treatable, a lot of people don't get it treated because they are worried it will be scary and expensive. However, there are treatment options available for you that have nothing to do with surgery. Keep reading for more information.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is an obstruction of your windpipe, usually because of excess tissue in your throat. When you lay back to sleep, the tissue blocks air from getting into your throat. This makes your body wake itself up over and over again throughout the night because you can't breathe. Sleep apnea is dangerous for your overall health. It can cause heart and lung issues if it is not treated properly.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
There are several ways to treat sleep apnea. You can have surgery to remove the excess tissue at the back of your throat. Many people don't want to have surgery because they see it as too invasive.
Sometimes, the removal of tissue can also be done with a laser, but it can have side effects as well. You may also want to opt for an appliance to wear at night. If you wear a night appliance, it works to pull your jaw forward, which makes your breathing easier. If you suspect you might have sleep apnea, you need to contact us. We can provide treatment for your sleep apnea with different options. We can make you an appliance to help your breathing and allow you to sleep better. Give us a call today.