After a good night of sleep, you’re ready to face the day—get things done, be productive, exercise, take care of your family. Unless, of course, you didn’t sleep well. In that case, you don’t get things done, you’re not productive, you don’t have enough energy to exercise and your family, well, they just wonder, “What’s bothering Dad?” Actually, the problem may be more than a bother. It may be a life-threatening condition called sleep apnea. And men have this condition more often than women—just ask the women whose husbands snore. If you suspect that you or your bed partner might have sleep apnea, then call the office of Dr. James G. Mace in Washington, MO.
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that literally causes breathing to stop intermittently during the night. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea. In this case, the tongue and other soft tissue in your throat that relax during sleep tend to fall back and block your airway. Hence, the snoring sound. When air is blocked, your brain signals the body to awaken in order to restart breathing. And while you may not remember being awake, the accumulation of these intermittent breaks in breathing add up to a lot of lost sleep. The consequences during the day include a lack of energy, an inability to focus, sleepiness and irritability. Moreover, sleep apnea has been connected to health issues such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, depression and impotence.
Washington’s Sleep Apnea Treatment
The first step in restoring your good night’s sleep is a visit to Dr. Mace’s Washington, MO, colleague, Dr. Jamie Haas, a neurologist at Patients First Healthcare in Washington who specializes in sleep disorders. After testing, if he determines that you have sleep apnea, then Dr. Mace can prescribe a ClearWay oral appliance that repositions the tongue and lower jawbone. This appliance shifts your jaw forward, thereby helping to maintain an open airway.
Call Our Office Today
To find out if you have sleep apnea and to restore your good night’s sleep, call the office of Dr. Mace in Washington, MO. We also serve patients from Marthasville, Krakow, Union, Dutzow, New Haven, Augusta and the surrounding towns.