Restful sleep is very fundamental to maintaining good health. Just like food and water, your body needs sleep. During sleep, your brain and body regain energy to start another day of activity.
Your heart takes on the stresses you encounter throughout the day. While resting, your heart will slow down and decompress to relieve all the strains that has been placed upon it. Your blood pressure declines, and the rate of age-related diseases slows down. This restful state helps to curb health problems like obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and memory loss.
Lack of quality sleep will burden your heart with excessive strain and stress. Heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular disease, and in extreme circumstances, even death have a connection to sleep disorders.
Snoring is more than an annoyance; it is a sign of a more serious health concern known as sleep apnea. Those who suffer from this condition are experiencing an obstruction in their air passage. More often than not, people don't realize that they are not getting sufficient oxygen into their lungs as they sleep. This results in a poor quality of rest and can contribute to heart disease, elevated blood pressure, strokes, and even premature death. Sleep deprivation has negative effects on your brain as well, increasing the level of stress hormones in your body, which can lead to depression.
We recommend being fitted with a custom-made oral appliance that will keep the air passage open for sufficient oxygen into your lungs while you are asleep. It will also prevent snoring, allowing your partner to get a good night's sleep as well.
Usually, the CPAP device is the solution for alleviating the problem of sleep apnea. CPAP is an acronym for Continuous Positive Air Pressure. This is a machine that produces air and sends it into a mask that is placed over the patient's nose and mouth. The main problem with this solution is that the mask is bulky and uncomfortable to wear, so patients stop using it.
Dr. Nanavati can fit you with a small, acrylic appliance that is easy to wear and packs lightly when traveling. This device is similar to a mouthguard. It works by placing your tongue and jaw into the position that allows air to flow in and out without any narrowing of its passageway. Results have been very positive in eliminating the breathing problem and doing so in comfort.
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