Everyone needs a good night’s sleep in order to be at their best each and every day. Losing even one night of needed rest can make you pretty cranky. Losing sleep night after night can make you, and those around you, downright miserable.
Our team at Rod Gleave, DMD, wants more for you in the coming year. If you’ve been thinking about New Year’s resolutions, add better sleep to the list! Dr. Gleave has studied sleep apnea extensively and can help you find the rest you desperately need to live the life you want.
We’re helping you understand more about how this condition affects your life and how we can help you with our sleep apnea treatment here in Salt Lake City.
How Does Sleep Apnea Affect Your Life?
One of the first signs that sleep apnea is affecting you is loud, chronic snoring. While you may not know if you’re snoring or not, anyone who lives with you will certainly be affected by it.
But there’s so much more to sleep apnea than snoring. Sleep apnea is a condition where your airways are blocked while you sleep, which means you spend all night in a vicious pattern. It involves falling asleep, jerking awake because you can’t breathe, gasping for air, and then falling back asleep. Because it happens every few minutes, you never really get a deep sleep.
Of course, this causes you to feel terribly exhausted every single day, making your daily responsibilities and obligations very difficult to manage. The effects of sleep apnea inevitably interfere with your overall quality of life.
How Can Sleep Apnea Be Treated?
There is more than one way to find rest and relief for sleep apnea sufferers. Along with professional diagnosis and treatment, you can try to make some lifestyle changes and natural sleep remedies at home.
For example, if you are overweight, you can begin an exercise regimen and change your daily diet for an overall healthier life and better sleep. While sleep apnea can affect people of any size, obesity is a contributing factor. Therefore, losing weight is one of the ways you can help to alleviate your nightly breathing problems.
When you seek professional help for your sleep disorder, chances are you’ll discuss the option of a CPAP machine. It’s probably the most common treatment and is quite effective.
But a CPAP machine isn’t for everyone. That’s because it involves wearing a mask and needs to be plugged in while you sleep, so for some, it can be noisy and uncomfortable.
If that’s the case for you, Dr. Gleave can design a custom mouthguard for you to wear while you sleep to keep your airways open all night long for quiet, restful sleep.
Is Sleep Apnea Keeping You From Rest?
Chronic snoring is probably the most common sleep apnea symptom, but there certainly are others that could be disrupting your life. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it could mean sleep apnea is keeping you from a good night’s rest!
-Morning Sore Throat / Dry Mouth
-Moderate To Severe Obesity
Contact Dr. Gleave if any of these sound familiar to you, and he can set you up with the equipment you need for a home sleep test. We find that many patients appreciate the convenience and comfort of conducting a sleep test at home. But if it turns out that you have a more complicated case, we may refer you to a specialist.
Schedule A Sleep Test Today!
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably resolved to live healthier in 2018. That might mean making changes to your diet. It might mean you’d like to join a gym. But our team at Rod Gleave, DMD wants you to know that better sleep should be somewhere on your list of resolution.
Getting the rest your body needs each and every night is an important part of living a healthy life. That’s why we’re committed to helping you get the sleep you’ve been missing with our effective sleep apnea treatment in Salt Lake City.
Dr. Gleave will guide you through proper diagnosis and then help you find the treatment that works for you so you can enjoy a more restful, healthier new year.
Call our Salt Lake City dental office at (801) 923-6406 or fill out our online form to schedule your sleep test with Dr. Gleave.