After all those years of wondering why you were so sleepy all the time, you got a diagnosis. You have obstructive sleep apnea and here are some guidelines to help you live with this disorder.
You don’t have any breathing problems while you are awake – so why would you stop breathing while sleeping? During sleep our muscles relax, this includes the muscles in the mouth, neck and throat area. When this happens the tissue can drop down and block the airway – sleep apnea. If you have been diagnosed here are some suggestions for combating the disorder (outside of your CPAP or oral appliance treatment).
If you find using your CPAP difficult or impossible – don’t give up on treating your sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy is comfortable and easy. Most patients are much happier with their oral appliance and we know that they are more likely to continue using them over the long term.
Please contact Columbus sleep apnea dentist Dr. Mark Levy today at 614-476-6696 to schedule your consultation to see if oral appliance therapy is right for you.