Every morning, it seems like they’re deeper and darker. The heavy black bags under your eyes are getting harder to hide and is it your imagination, or is your hair starting to fall out? Your whole body feels heavy and bloated and it’s starting to show in everything you do. Even your close friends have asked if you’ve been sick lately.
It’s time to do something about the snoring that’s keeping you up all night, every night. Your lack of sleep is starting to affect your physical appearance, which in turn can affect your social standing. You’ll begin to see the physical effects of sleep loss in as few as two days of poor sleep. If you’ve already been “accidentally” overlooked when party invites were sent around, you know all too well how socially stigmatizing a lack of sleep can be.
Apnea Goes Beyond Skin Deep
It doesn’t matter if you’re the one snoring all night long or it’s your spouse, that constant buzzsaw is enough to disrupt your sleep and make it impossible to get really restorative rest. Beauty sleep isn’t just a myth conjured up by fairy tales and women’s magazines, a lack of sleep can result in increased cortisol levels, which then wreak havoc on your whole body.
But that’s only the beginning. Snoring is often a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a condition where the soft tissues in your throat collapse, causing a partial airway blockage that results in snoring and frequent, brief nighttime awakenings you may not even be aware of. You or your spouse may stop breathing for short periods when the blockages occur. This nightly stress can increase blood pressure, risk of diabetes and even your risk of sudden heart attack or stroke.
All and all, it’s horrible for your body and your beauty sleep, but fortunately OSA is really simple to treat.
Apnea Treatment Options
A doctor will have to diagnose you or your partner with sleep apnea before you can start treatment. This can either be done in a sleep lab or at home, based on your symptoms and your doctor’s recommendation. Once a diagnosis has been established, you can examine your care options. Many patients start initially on a CPAP device, a machine that forces their airways open with pressurized room air, but for mild to moderate OSA, the failure rate is high.
CPAPs are cumbersome, expensive and uncomfortable. They can be difficult to fit correctly, so it may take months to begin to get a good night’s sleep, which is a fresh sort of torture. That’s why many patients seek help from their dentists.
Oral appliances for apnea provided by your dentist are made from casts of your mouth, so they fit perfectly the first time. And because they fit just like a mouthguard you might use in sports, they’re easy to put in and take out, with very little discomfort from the first night onward. The oral appliances are designed to hold the soft tissues of your mouth and throat in place so they won’t cover your airway, eliminating snoring and giving you and your spouse a restful night’s sleep.
Turn Back the Clock Practically Overnight
It’s amazing how quickly those party invites will start rolling back in when the people in your society circles notice how firm your skin looks and note the new energy that’s in your step. You might even lose a few pounds, but no promises. Real good, deep, restorative sleep is the most priceless possession anyone can have — and it shows when you lose it.
But never fear! The offices of Drs. Krieger and Hur are fully equipped to handle your or your spouse’s snoring or obstructive sleep apnea with rapid action. A simple fitting and construction of an appropriate oral device is faster than ever since we employ the latest technology available. Our goal is to have you in, out and fast asleep in no time.
You don’t have to suffer aging prematurely because of poor sleep. Call us today at 201-560-0606 or drop us an email and we’ll get you back on your way to the best, most restorative beauty sleep of your life.