For many in Glendale and Phoenix, sleep apnea is responsible for countless nights of unproductive rest. Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that can lead to serious medical risks such as depression, stroke, heart attack and diabetes.
Snoring is a major symptom of sleep apnea, and can signal more than just a need for earplugs for your bedmate. Almost half of U.S. adults snore occasionally, and of those nocturnal noise makers, 75% snore because of sleep apnea.
Number One – Lifestyle Changes: There are several lifestyle changes you can make to try to cure your snoring without medical assistance:
- Reduce alcohol consumption
- Drink plenty of water
- Stop smoking
- Try a new pillow
- Sleep on your side, not your back
Number Two – Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP): This treatment utilizes a mask, hose, and compressor to regulate air pressure during the night. CPAP is one of the most effective treatments for sleep apnea. However, the process is often too awkward for users to continue maintaining for more than a year.
Number Three – Dental Appliances: Dental Appliances are worn at night and hold the lower jaw open and forward, keeping your airway unhindered by your tongue or throat tissues. This approach is often preferred, even by those who are compliant with CPAP treatment, because of the simplicity and silence of the device.
Number Four – Surgery: Surgical treatment can sometimes be the best solution. Surgical options include:
- Tongue reduction
- Tonsil removal
- Jaw reconstruction
- Pillar implants
If you live in Scottsdale, Glendale or Phoenix, sleep apnea can be effectively addressed at Desert Smiles. Use the form at the top of this page to contact Dr. Wilcox today, or call 602-978-1790 to schedule your consultation.