Sleep apnea is a fairly common sleep disorder. It is also potentially serious, because it can lead to such complications as heart disease and depression. If you or someone close to you is suffering with sleep apnea, contact Designer Smiles in Fargo.
There are several different forms of sleep apnea. What they have in common is that the person with it stops and starts breathing, over and over through the night.
Symptoms include chronic snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, insomnia, waking up with a dry throat, headaches in the morning, and irritability. None of these symptoms, in and of themselves, mean someone has sleep apnea. But if they are persistent and together, it could indicate a problem.
One of the most common treatments for sleep apnea is a mask called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP. It fits over the nose and/or mouth, and blows air into the airway, gently and steadily, to keep it open while you sleep.
CPAP is highly effective, but many people can’t stand to wear it. They find it cumbersome and uncomfortable, and stop using it. At Designer Smiles, we offer a smaller, non-invasive appliance that is similar to an athlete’s mouth guard. Wearers find it both effective and comfortable, and that is provides the relief they need.
If you think that you or a loved has sleep apnea, contact Designer Smiles. We server Fargo and the surrounding area, including Moorhead and West Fargo. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.