You wake up to the unfortunately familiar feel of your partner’s elbow poking you in the ribs.

“Wake up,” they say. “You are snoring way too loudly. Do something about it or go sleep on the couch.”

The next morning, everyone seems grouchy. You are snapping at one another because you are both irritable after another bad night of sleep.

You would love to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day ahead. You want your loved ones to stop complaining and making jokes about your snoring. You are ready to do something about your sleep apnea.

It’s time for you to call 803-302-3903 to make an appointment at Advanced Sumter Dentistry in Sumter, SC.

Be Aware of Your Symptoms

Sleep apnea is a disorder. When you have this condition, you stop breathing frequently when you fall asleep. This causes you to wake up often, preventing you from getting deep sleep and leaving you feeling sleep-deprived.

As many as 80 percent of the 30 million people who have this condition may not be aware of it. As a result, they are not taking steps to treat this problem.

Could you be one of them? According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, you should be aware of these common symptoms and signs that you or someone you love may have sleep apnea:

  • Snoring loudly, persistently
  • Breathing stoppages when you fall asleep
  • Gasping for air while sleeping
  • Waking up with a dry mouth often
  • Feeling sleepy during the day
  • Problems staying asleep
  • Trouble staying focused on tasks or chores
  • Frequent morning headaches
  • Becoming annoyed or irritable easily

If any of these are familiar to you, don’t wait to talk to Dr. Hurst about how we can help you get tested and treated if necessary. You don’t want to take chances with a condition that increases your risk of heart attacks, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, strokes, and car accidents.

Find a Treatment That Works for You

You can do something about your sleep disorder. Start by setting up a consultation at our office. If needed, Dr. Hurst can help you get set up for a sleep study, which is necessary to diagnose sleep apnea.

If you do have this condition, you have some options for treatment. One is a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. To use this, you wear a mask while sleeping so the machine can force air into your airway so they stay open and you keep breathing. This allows you to stay asleep longer to get the deep sleep that you need. As you might imagine, many people don’t like wearing a mask when they are trying to fall asleep.

Another option is to get a special oral appliance. This is something we can design for you at our practice. This works by slightly shifting the position of your lower jaw, which keeps your airway open. Many people find this more comfortable and more convenient. This is about the size of a mouthguard, which can easily be transported when you are traveling. That makes it easier to bring your treatment with you wherever you plan to go.

Have the Energy to Enjoy Daily Life

By treating your sleep apnea, you can:

  • Get a full night of restful sleep
  • Feel more alert throughout the day
  • Improve your focus at work and doing home projects
  • Stop your snoring
  • Prevent dry mouth, headaches, and irritability

Get the rest that you need and deserve to make the most of your time awake! Call Advanced Sumter Dentistry today at 803-302-3903. You can also request an appointment online.