Sleep Apnea Treatment
What is sleep apnea?
Chances are, if you have sleep apnea, it’s the one sleeping beside you who suspects something’s wrong. Often, you’ll snore loudly enough to wake them up throughout the night. Even worse, they may hear you stop breathing altogether!
Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing multiple times throughout the night. You wake up tired and can suffer from a number of related health issues. And though both men and women are affected, overweight men over 40 are most often diagnosed with this disorder.
If you or your loved one experiences any of the following signs and symptoms, it’s time to get help.
Excessive daytime sleepiness
ADD & ADHD
Poor performance at work and school
High blood pressure
Decreased libido and impotence
What causes sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea can be caused by either impaired brain function (Central Sleep Apnea) or an obstructed airway (Obstructive Sleep Apnea). Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the more common form of sleep apnea, and it’s what we treat at Agave Sleep & Wellness. OSA results when the soft tissue in the back of your throat collapses while you sleep and stops your breathing. Patients who snore may be at risk for sleep apnea. Other risk factors that contribute to OSA include:
Large tonsils, large tongue or a small jaw
Family history of sleep apnea
Nasal obstructions (deviated septum, allergies or sinus problems)
Why should you or your loved one test for sleep apnea?
Millions of Americans suffer from poor sleep and breathing every day, resulting in life-threatening health-risks. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, 22 million Americans have sleep apnea. 80% of moderate and severe cases of sleep apnea go undiagnosed.
If you or a loved one has sleep apnea, you could face the following drastic health risks:
a 70% greater chance of being in an accident
5x higher probability of dying from heart disease or failure
2-3x greater risk of developing cancer
4x higher likelihood of having a stroke
Trouble sleeping and no sleep apnea diagnosis? We invite you or your loved one to sign up for our FREE Sleep Apnea Screening.
The good news is, we offer effective, scientifically-based treatment that can dramatically improve the lives of those with Obstructive Sleep Apnea!
Sleep Apnea Treatment
At Agave Sleep & Wellness, we treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea using a custom-made oral appliance, similar to a lightweight sports mouth guard. This comfortable, convenient oral appliance helps keep the airway open during sleep. Oral Appliance Therapy is an effective alternative for OSA patients who find it difficult to wear a CPAP machine.
Not only do patients comply with Oral Appliance Therapy more than CPAP—the discrete, electricity-free option is also comfortable for bed partners.
If you have difficulty using a CPAP machine and want to learn how Oral Appliance Therapy could be an effective solution for you, visit our CPAP Alternative page.
Many of our patients who undergo Oral Appliance Therapy experience:
A better night’s sleep
An improved mood
More stable blood glucose levels
Decreased insulin resistance
Increased appetite control and motivation to exercise