There's hardly a worse feeling than lying in bed during the wee hours, staring at the ceiling because you can't sleep. You can feel the encroaching alarm, and the stress of knowing you have a full day ahead only keeps you awake. Your cortisol levels spike, and if you don't get to sleep, your day can end up unproductive, unpleasant, and unhealthy. Consistent insomnia can lead to issues with memory, failing social and familial relationships, inability to concentrate, and other issues that can result in a lowered quality of life. Eventually, anxiety or depression can result from continued bouts of insomnia.
Our bodies need deep, restful sleep in order to repair tissue, process memories and emotions, and prepare for the day ahead. Without this type of sleep, many long-term consequences can arise.
Insomnia often co-occurs with obstructive sleep apnea, and they can share many of the same symptoms. Symptoms such as difficulty falling asleep, fatigue, daytime drowsiness, emotional disregulation, and lack of restorative sleep are all shared by both conditions. Sleep apnea is further associated with hypertension, which in turn increases the risk for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. These issues are serious and can have life-or-death consequences.
At Chester Dental Care, we believe there's hope for sufferers of mild to moderate sleep disordered breathing. Our collaborative approach includes non-pharmaceutical orthodontic devices that don't require surgery, yet open the airway, align the jaw, and allow for deep, restorative sleep. This can, in turn, increase your quality of life and ability to function.
Contact us today to request an appointment and consult with our team of qualified professionals about sleep and airway health, including treatments to alleviate the symptoms of mild to moderate sleep disordered breathing.
Our sleep and airway services are offered in the Greater Richmond, Virginia area, including Chesterfield, Henrico, Goochland, and Hanover counties, as well as the cities of Richmond, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, and Petersburg. Request an appointment today and discover how we can help you breathe right, sleep tight, and smile bright!