Most adults would agree that sleeping well is critical. A solid night of sleep does more than prevent you from reaching for a mid-afternoon cup of coffee; the benefits of enough rest include better overall health, weight control, and emotional wellbeing. Without proper sleep, individuals feel disoriented, grouchy, and begin to have very real health concerns.
As Dr. Steven Hatcher of Greensboro, NC know, many patients with sleep apnea wake every morning feeling as though they haven’t slept at all. They’re still tired, even after a full eight hours in bed. They may have a dry throat, an unexplained headache, or remember waking during the night feeling startled and gasping for air. Furthermore, their apnea may result in snoring and lots of tossing and turning, causing their partner to have interrupted sleep as well.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a medical condition defined when a patient has frequent breaks in breathing while sleeping. Individuals with sleep apnea may stop breathing for more than 10 seconds, up to 90 times each hour. Sleep apnea can affect both men and women of any age and race. However, males, patients who are overweight, and those over the age of 40, tend to have a greater occurrence of sleep apnea.
Often patients turn to their primary care physician who recommends a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. However, it can be awkward and uncomfortable. Many patients report feeling claustrophobic and admit to not wearing it.
A better solution with oral appliance therapy
Dr. Hatcher and the team help patients find a less invasive solution to treat sleep apnea and help patients get the great sleep they need with oral appliance treatment. These appliances are similar to mouth guards and gently shift the jaw, allowing patients to breathe better. They can also be used to help those who suffer from frequent snoring.
If you suspect that you could be suffering from sleep apnea and want to reap the benefits of a good night’s sleep, call Dr. Hatcher at to schedule a consultation.