Always Tired? Get the Rest You Need to Maintain Your Good Health
There are certain essentials required for life: air, water, food, SLEEP. Sufficient rest and sleep are central to your overall health.
It is crucial that your brain and body have the time needed to re-boot every single day.
Your body, especially your heart, collects stress throughout the day. When you finally rest at night, your heart beat decelerates and
the muscle begins to decompress, discharging the stresses it has gathered. Your body needs this time to recoup and rebuild enough energy
to confront the next day. In sleep, your brain and body revitalize themselves. Your blood pressure drops, and the speed of age-related
diseases slows down. It can curtail illnesses such as obesity, hypertension, memory loss, and diabetes.
Absence of sleep can strain your heart by placing excessive stress on the muscle. Heart attacks, strokes, cardiovascular disease and, in
severe circumstances, even death have all been associated with sleep disorders.
Snoring Isn’t Just an Annoyance
Snoring is often a pre-cursor to a more dangerous health condition known as sleep apnea. People with sleep apnea have an obstruction in
their airway. Unfortunately, they usually don’t realize it. The blockage prevents them from receiving oxygen regularly during the night.
Sleep apnea is a powerful contributor to heart disease. Those afflicted with sleep apnea experience higher blood pressure levels, which is
a key risk factor in developing heart disease and strokes.
The consequences of sleep loss can result in severe health concerns and even premature death. Sleep deprivation can have undesirable effects
on your brain function, increasing stress hormones and resulting in depression. Even if you have only minor sleep apnea, being fitted with an
oral appliance can produce a reduction or even a cessation of snoring. This would be a great benefit to your partner, too!
Our Alternative to CPAP
Conventional treatment for sleep apnea is the CPAP device, and it remains the gold standard for moderate to severe sleep apnea. CPAP stands
for Continuous Positive Air Pressure. A patient is fitted with a machine that pumps a constant stream of air into their nose or mouth
throughout the night. However, many patients find this awkward and frustrating, so they stop wearing the mask.
If you have sleep apnea and can’t abide or are irritated by your CPAP, we can provide you with an alternative treatment. Dr. Brush can custom
fit you with an oral appliance such as the Respire Blue Series™ or TAP™ (Thornton Adjustable Positioner). These are small acrylic appliances
that slip over your upper and lower teeth much like an orthodontic retainer or mouthguard. They gently readjust your tongue and jaw to open
your airway and permit more air flow to your lungs as you sleep. They are simple to install, remove, and clean and are convenient for travel.
These devices are wonderfully comfortable and have an outstanding success rate for easing/eliminating sleep apnea and snoring.
Snoring and sleep apnea don’t have to fill your nights. Give us a call today at (301) 926-9515 for a no-cost/no-obligation consultation.