Sleep apnea is a fairly common sleep disorder. An estimated eighteen million Americans have it, but only one of five of them have been diagnosed and treated. At Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions in Brentwood TN, we see cases every day.
People with sleep apnea stop and start breathing repeatedly, throughout the night. The stoppages can last anywhere from five to ten seconds, to up to a minute. And that’s serious, because it cuts off oxygen to the brain. Sleep apnea can also lead to other health issues like heart disease, high blood pressure, and depression.
Sleep apnea most often occurs in people aged fifty years and older, but it can affect anyone at any age. The most important thing in coping with it is to get a proper diagnosis.
A key sign of sleep apnea isfeeling chronically tired during the day. If that sounds like you or a loved one, you should consult with a medical professional to find the cause, and determine the best course of treatment.
One of the most common treatments for sleep apnea is a device called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP. A mask fits over the nose and/or mouth, and air is blown gently into the airway to keep it open while you sleep.
The problem with CPAP is that while it is highly effective, many people find it cumbersome to wear to bed. Because of that they stop using it. At Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions, we offer a smaller, non-invasive appliance that is both effective and comfortable. Most patients find relief using it.
If you or someone you love has sleep apnea, or even if you just suspect they do, contact Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions in Brentwood TN. Schedule an appointment with us today.