Snoring can be a minor inconvenience for you and your loved one. However, consistent, loud snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnea, which can lead to serious health risks including death. Residents of Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach should know that sleep apnea is a serious condition, and Dr. Rudnick can treat mild cases of sleep apnea before the disorder becomes life-threatening.
There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and complex (mixture of obstructive and central). Out of these three types, obstructive sleep apnea is the most common, and what causes this sleep apnea is that the soft tissue in your throat relaxes during sleep, blocking the airways and cutting off the oxygen supply to your brain. This cut off can lead to various symptoms including loud snoring, daytime fatigue, insomnia, and waking up with a sore throat. If not treated, sleep apnea can lead to grave health concerns including cardiovascular disease, gastric reflux, depression, diabetes, and even death. Obstructive sleep apnea can increase the risk of:
- heart disease
- heart attacks (the risk of heart attack is higher for those with OSA than for smokers)
- high blood pressure
- menstrual complications
- and more!
Treatment, Relief, and Peace of Mind
Dr. Rudnick can treat your case of sleep apnea near West Palm Beach, and relieve your snoring before it gets worse with dental oral appliances. Similar to a retainer, the oral appliance is placed in the mouth during sleep, which pushes the lower jaw forward. The adjustment prevents the soft tissue from collapsing, opening the throat and airway. This appliance is comfortable and less invasive compared to the bulky, obtrusive CPAP mask. Plus, CPAP is only a successful course of treatment for about half the patients who try it, whereas an oral appliance offers much higher comfort, enabling its regular use.
Suffering from snoring or any other symptoms of sleep apnea? West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens residents should call Dr. Rudnick for an appointment.
Dr. Andrew Rudnick provides treatment for sleep apnea to the West Palm Beach area. Located in Palm Beach Gardens, Rudnick Dentistry serves Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington, Florida and the surrounding areas.