Oral Sleep Appliances for Snoring & Sleep Apnea
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Marcia had struggled with chronic daytime fatigue for years. “I would even fall asleep while driving on a long trip,” says Marcia. “When my daughter would visit she could hear my snoring from the other room and was worried about me.”
“Sometimes I would even wake myself up at night snorting,” says Marcia. “I realized I had some sort of problem, and decided I should discuss it with my physician.”
After discussing the symptoms with her doctor, he recommended she have a sleep test done. The results showed Marcia had moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
More than 18 million Americans suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea and 90% go undiagnosed. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious health condition that can increase your risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, depression, cancer, and stroke. A study in the August 1 issue of the Journal Sleep confirms the urgency of treating sleep apnea. Results show that people with severe, untreated sleep apnea have five times the risk of dying from a heart problem. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S with over 600,000 deaths in 2010.
Marcia’s physician prescribed a CPAP machine to treat her sleep apnea, but Marcia had a hard time wearing it. “I tried to wear the CPAP for a few years, because I knew I needed to be treated. I could hardly move when wearing it, and had to lie on my back or the CPAP would come off or make a loud noise as the air leaked out. Traveling was also really difficult. I knew I needed to look for something that would work better for me,” says Marcia.
Marcia saw a commercial and article in the newspaper for an oral appliance that treated snoring and sleep apnea. “I was very attracted to the oral sleep appliances because they were so small and convenient looking. I decided to make an appointment to check it out,” says Marcia.
“The first night I had the appliance, I expected all types of problems getting it into my mouth,” says Marcia. “The doctor said to just look in the mirror while I put it in, and it went in just as slick as can be!”
“I’ve had great success wearing the appliance. I slept all night long for the first time in a long time. The appliance is lightweight, easy to manage, and easy to clean. I’m couldn’t be happier!” says Marcia.
Since wearing the appliance Marcia has noticed an increase in her energy during the day. “My blood pressure has come down too, and my doctor was able to take me off a blood pressure medication. Since I monitor my blood pressure daily, I realized the correlation between wearing the appliance and my blood pressure decreasing,” she says.