A Comfortable Sleep Apnea Solution
Do you know what it means when someone has been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea?
It means that their throat closes frequently and repeatedly when they are asleep. It means they can go for up to 30 seconds at a time without breathing.
It means they wake up frequently during the night so they can breathe, and it means they rarely get what specialists would consider deep, quality sleep.
Sleep apnea has been linked to a number of health problems, and it increases your risk of being involved in an accident.
Don’t let your sleep apnea go untreated. Call Hubbard & Leath Dental. We can help with your sleep apnea in the comfort of our dentist office in Rochester Hills.
Do You Have Sleep Apnea?
You might. According to the University of Michigan Center for Sleep Science, 80 percent of men and 90 percent of women who have sleep apnea are not aware of their condition.
People who do not treat this condition are more likely to have high blood pressure, strokes, and heart attacks. They are more likely to be involved in automobile crashes, too.
You may be wondering how you can tell if you have sleep apnea. Here are some common symptoms:
- You do not feel well rested after a night’s sleep.
- You often feel sleepy during the day.
- You often wake up with a headache.
- You gasp or choke when you are asleep.
- You snore loudly and frequently.
- You stop breathing during your sleep.
If you share your bed with someone, he or she may have noticed some of these symptoms. In fact, your symptoms may be so loud and so noticeable that someone down the hall may have noticed them, too.
What To Do If You Think You Have Sleep Apnea
If you suspect that you may have sleep apnea, you should undergo a sleep study.
During a sleep study, a professional will monitor what happens while you are sleeping. This can help confirm your diagnosis and determine the severity of your sleep apnea.
The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs when your airways become blocked when you are asleep. With this type of sleep apnea, the muscles around your airways relax while you sleep. This causes your airways to become partially or completely blocked.
This is also why you snore and why you don’t feel rested after a night of sleep. You body responds to this by waking you up briefly — so briefly that you may not remember it — until you start breathing again. This can happen dozens or hundreds of times throughout the night.
After You Have Been Diagnosed
If you have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, you have a couple options. The key to treatment is finding a way to keep your airways open so you can breathe while you are asleep.
You may be prescribed a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. These machines blow air into your mouth or nose through a mask that you wear while you sleep. This provides the pressure that keeps your airways open.
For many people, wearing a mask while they sleep is problematic. Some masks are irritating or uncomfortable. If your mask does not seal itself well, you may not be receiving enough pressure to keep your airways open.
Some people take off their masks in their sleep, and other people just refuse to wear their mask at all.
The Dental Alternative
If you are having difficulty using your CPAP for any reason, then you aren’t really treating your problem. That’s when you should call us.
Hubbard & Leath Dental can create a custom mouthguard that you can wear instead. This mouthguard works by adjusting the position of your jaw. This keeps your airway open so you can breathe.
After you get used to wearing the mouthguard, you may find it is a more convenient treatment option. You won’t have to worry about accidentally pulling your mask loose or knocking over your machine if you roll over.
And when you travel, a mouthpiece is easier to pack and does not require electricity to work, unlike a CPAP.
Ready To Get Help?
When you are ready to take action to treat your obstructive sleep apnea, call or come by our dentist office in Rochester Hills. You deserve healthy sleep (and so does your spouse).
By treating your sleep apnea, you will breathe easier, snore much less, and wake up feeling rested and refreshed.
A better night’s sleep could be a phone call away.