Millions of Americans suffer from sleep apnea. This common sleep disorder can not only wear you down day after day but over time, it can have negative effects on your overall health if left untreated. From a heart attack to a stroke, to neurological damage, your inability to get a restful night’s sleep can pose significant dangers. Dr. Eric Buck and his team at The Columbus Sleep Center want to help by protecting your overall health with beneficial treatment methods that can have you getting the rest you need and deserve. To get started, call our office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Buck.
If you think fatigue and daytime drowsiness is the worst thing you’ll experience with sleep apnea, unfortunately, you’re wrong. Patients often experience a wide range of issues including everything from forgetfulness, the inability to maintain personal and professional relationships, and even mood swings. However, the sleep deprivation you experience can wreak havoc on your body and its health.
While asleep, each time you cease breathing, your brain must be triggered in order to alert your body to its need to breathe. When this happens, your blood pressure rises, and for some patients who experience apnea hundreds of times each night, this rollercoaster of up and down blood pressure can result in a heart attack or stroke.
Other dangerous health conditions that can occur as a result of sleep apnea include diabetes and dementia. There’s no doubt that without proper treatment, sleep apnea can most certainly lead to significant, if not deadly, disorders. It’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible.
If you’re one of the many patients who has gone years without being diagnosed with sleep apnea, it’s no surprise. Many sufferers don’t even know they have it until other symptoms present themselves. If you don’t have a partner who can tell you that you sound like a buzz saw or stop breathing throughout the night, there are other ways you can exhibit signs and symptoms of sleep apnea, including:
If you believe you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact our office and discuss the possibility of undergoing a sleep study. The only way to find a treatment method that is right for you is to first receive an official diagnosis, which can be achieved with a monitored sleep study.
Once you receive an official diagnosis, Dr. Buck will be happy to assist you with treatment methods. While you may have heard of a CPAP machine, this is one effective way to treat sleep apnea, but it’s not always the easiest or most comfortable for patients. An alternative is oral appliance therapy, which we offer in our practice.
These safe, FDA-approved devices are small, portable, and compact. They’re designed to shift your jaw and/or tongue, so your airway remains open throughout the night. You can finally get the rest you need without worrying about a potential blockage to your airway. Not only are they easy to wear, but they are convenient and comfortable, too!