“I was diagnosed with sleep apnea at Falcon Dental about a year ago and decided I would rather have a dental device than a large CPAP machine. While wearing the device my wife immediately noticed my snoring was mostly eliminated (which helped her sleep too). My jaw was a little sore the first couple of nights as I got accustomed to it. Now, I will not go to bed without wearing my “mouth guard”. It has changed my life. I sleep better, my wife sleeps better, and I have more energy during the day. I highly recommend it.” – Ron Smith
Here are a few symptoms of sleep apnea:
- Waking up with a very sore or dry throat.
- Loud snoring.
- Occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation.
- Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day.
- Sleepiness while driving.
- Morning headaches.
- Restless sleep.
- Forgetfulness, mood changes, and a decreased interest in sex.
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So Much More Than Snoring
What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Apnea. It’s a funny word, but absolutely nothing to laugh at! Derived from the Greek word apnoia, it literally means “without breath.” That’s right. Sleep apnea is when your breathing stops while you are asleep – and that is as serious as it sounds.
Because sleep apnea stops you from breathing, sometimes hundreds of times a night and for up to two minutes at a time, it causes a drop in blood oxygen levels. Your body realizes it could die from lack of oxygen, the fight or flight startle response is triggered, and with a gasp, you wake up. This process places a lot of stress on your heart and raises blood pressure. In addition, the adrenaline released affects cortisol levels – and a cortisol imbalance can lead to dramatic weight gain!
Sleep apnea also keeps you from properly entering REM sleep, the most restorative stage of nightly sleep. Without REM sleep, the brain begins to function less optimally, affecting your memory, your ability to recognize mistakes, your mood, your ability to cope with stress, and even the way you process pain.
A study by the Institute of Medicine reports that 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from disorders of sleep and wakefulness. The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine notes that over 18 Million Americans have OSA.
We are proud to offer an alternative to a clunky CPAP machine.
Falcon Dental Care is a leader In “Next Generation” Sleep Apnea Devices
Sleep and Snore Device
Our dentists are utilizing a patented, FDA-cleared, Sleep Apnea, and Snoring devices that is effective, comfortable, safe and easy.
How do we test for Sleep Apnea?
We use a small testing device called a Itamars WatchPat that you take home and complete in the privacy of your own home.