Welcome! At EZ Sleep Solutions, we’re so glad to share our first blog with the Mangum community. But be sure to check back in, as we’ll be writing new blogs each month to share important information about the impact of sleep apnea, signs and symptoms, and treatment. We know that getting adequate, high-quality sleep lowers the risk of many diseases and helps our patients live their best life, so we provide simple and effective treatment options for sleep apnea in Mangum. Keep reading to learn more about sleep apnea and the services we provide. We look forward to helping the people in our community sleep better for many years to come!
What Is Sleep Apnea and Why Is It So Important To Be Screened?
Sleep apnea refers to breathing that frequently stops and starts during sleep. These interruptions can last more than 10 seconds and occur up to 30 times an hour.
The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which means that the airway becomes blocked or obstructed. This can occur when the soft tissues such as the tongue, adenoids, and tonsils become so relaxed at night that they block the airway.
Sleep apnea affects millions of people and it’s estimated that 80% don’t know they have it. The impact on your health can be very serious, so being screened is crucial. In fact, some doctors even estimate that untreated sleep apnea triples a person’s risk of early death.
Here are some of the increased risks it poses:
- High blood pressure
- Heart attacks
- Workplace and auto accidents
- Kidney disease
Common risk factors for sleep apnea are age, excess body weight, nasal congestion, and alcohol or sedative use.
But keep in mind that many people without any of these risk factors also have sleep apnea, so it’s even important for healthy people to be tested. Especially since there’s simple, effective treatment available.
What Services Do We Provide?
We believe that everyone in our community deserves to be healthy and happy. That’s why we make diagnosis easy and provide non-invasive sleep therapy in Mangum that makes a big difference in our patients’ quality of life.
Here are some of the specific services we provide:
- The first step is finding out if you have sleep apnea, so we provide a comfortable, easy method: at-home testing.
- Many people struggle with CPAP machines and surgery is a last resort. We offer a variety of custom-made oral appliances that are lightweight, portable, and very effective for mild to moderate sleep apnea.
- People with more severe cases may get the best results from combined therapy with both an oral appliance and a CPAP machine. When the two work together, people get maximum relief and find using a CPAP more comfortable and effective.
Finally, we are accepting new patients, so, if you suspect that you or a loved one has sleep apnea, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re here to help!
About the Author
Dr. Dustin C. Lively is a general and sleep apnea dentist with over 20 years of experience and a native of Mangum. In addition to helping his patients achieve a great smile, he also helps them lead healthier lives by improving their sleep quality. If you have any questions about sleep apnea in Mangum or are interested in testing, he can be reached via his website.