June 17, 2018
It’s practically a cliche in movies – Dad is in his recliner or in bed, rattling the rafters with his snoring. Like most cliches, this one is based in reality. There’s an age-old association between Dads and loud snoring. But at Creekview Family Dentistry in Lewisville, TX, Dr. Shirley E. Matthew knows that loud snoring can signal a more serious issue – sleep apnea. That’s why she offer sleep apnea solutions for Dad and others.
Save Dad’s Life
Sleep apnea is no joke. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea which occurs when the muscles in the throat relax too much during sleep. That creates a temporary obstruction in the airway can result in:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Loud – in some cases extremely loud – snoring
- Observed episodes of breathing stopping completely during sleep
- Abruptly awakening accompanied by gasping or choking
- Dry mouth or sore throat on awakening
- Awakening with headaches
- Problems concentrating during the day
- Mood changes such as irritability or depression
- High blood pressure
- Heart problems
- Nighttime sweats
People with severe sleep apnea can rouse dozens or even hundreds of times during the night and have little or no memory of having awakened. The health impacts of non-restorative sleep can be severe. Weight gain, blood pressure problems, and inattentive/drowsy driving are just a few of the ways in which sleep apnea can become life-threatening.
If you suspect that your Dad’s excessive snoring might be more than just snoring, take steps to safeguard his health and his life. Urge him to call Creekview Family Dentistry in Lewisville, TX at 972-505-3423 to schedule a consultation.
Improve Your Family’s Sleep
Sleep apnea can disrupt more than the affected person’s sleep. It can impact an entire family’s wellbeing. It’s fairly common for the spouse to relocate to another bedroom or a couch because the snoring makes sleep nearly impossible.
In some homes, there’s simply no escape from the noise and disruption. Children’s grades and behaviors can suffer due to lack of sleep. Not only that, but mood changes on the part of the affected person can put a strain on the whole family.
Develop Healthy Habits
In some cases, sleep apnea develops due to excessive weight gain. While it’s not guaranteed, losing weight may improve the symptoms.
Smoking is linked with sleep apnea for many people. Quitting smoking may help.
There’s a strong association between high blood pressure and developing sleep apnea. Managing blood pressure should be a priority.
Get Professional Treatment
When your Dad consults with Dr. Shirley E. Matthew, she’ll perform a screening to determine whether sleep apnea may be the issue. The diagnosis can be confirmed by a sleep study. If needed, our office can make a referral to a physician we know and trust to order the sleep study.
If sleep apnea is confirmed, Dr. Matthew can create a custom, comfortable oral appliance to wear during sleep. The appliance shifts the position of the jaws to keep the airway from being obstructed.
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