Find Out If You Have Sleep Apnea And How to Treat It
Nearly everyone would like to be happy and healthy, and to be truly healthy, you need to sleep well. When you have sleep apnea, a good night’s sleep is what you dream about.
What is sleep apnea? Do you have sleep apnea? Can sleep apnea be treated?
We will answer those questions in a moment. Just know that you can get help at our dentist office in Rochester Hills, MI, if you live in Auburn Hills, Troy, or anywhere in between.
The doctors of Hubbard & Leath Dental have the training and the resources to alleviate your obstructive sleep apnea symptoms so you can start having sweet dreams instead of dreaming about sleep.
Call or contact us online if you are interested in learning more about how we can help you with your sleep apnea.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep apnea is a “sleep disorder in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep.”
In other words, you stop breathing whenever you fall asleep. That makes it harder for you to get the deep sleep that health experts believe is necessary for recovery and recuperation.
People with sleep apnea can stop breathing several times every hour. A person with mild sleep apnea may stop breathing up to 14 times each hour. A person with moderate sleep apnea can stop breathing up to 29 times every hour, and someone with severe sleep apnea can stop breathing 30 or more times every hour.
Each of these stoppages can last up to 30 seconds. To keep you alive, your brain will wake you up long enough to take a few breaths before the cycle starts again.
Each night you could be waking up dozens or even hundreds of times, and that doesn’t just affect the quality of your sleep. It can increase your risk of high blood pressure and heart attacks, and it can make you more than twice as likely to be involved in a car accident.
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we want our patients to get the healthy sleep they need. That’s why we encourage you to talk to us if you are concerned that you or someone you care about may have sleep apnea.
Could You Have Sleep Apnea?
The truth is anyone could have sleep apnea. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that between 5 and 20 percent of the people have obstructive sleep apnea, and half of the people with this condition have never been diagnosed.
Anyone can have this condition, but being male, being 40 or older, and being overweight are factors that increase your risk of having this condition.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
▪︎ Do other people say that you snore loudly and constantly?
▪︎ Have other people noticed your breathing stoppages when you fall asleep?
▪︎ Do you often wake up feeling as tired as you were when you went to bed?
▪︎ Do you often wake up with headaches?
▪︎ Do you often feel sleepy during the day?
The only way to know for certain if you have sleep apnea or another sleep disorder is to complete a sleep study. If you answered yes to more than one of the questions above, then we want to help.
Make an appointment at Hubbard & Leath Dental to take your first step to a night of deep, healthy sleep.
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Sleep apnea causes people to stop breathing when they are asleep. To treat it, you have to find a way to continue breathing throughout the night.
One of the most common ways to do that is with a CPAP machine. The CPAP user wears a mask so the machine can push air into his or her mouth and/or nose. This air pressure keeps the patient’s airways open.
For a variety of reasons — the noise of the machine, the feel of the mask, etc. — many people do not have success with CPAP machines.
The National Sleep Foundation has approved oral appliances as an alternate sleep apnea treatment, and we can make one of these appliances for you at Hubbard & Leath Dental.
This appliance pulls your jaw forward slightly which keeps your airways open and allowing you to breathe continuously throughout the night. As you get used to wearing it, you like many of our other patients may find out what it’s like to wake up feeling rejuvenated in the morning.
Are You Ready To Do Something About Your Sleep Apnea?
Request an appointment at Hubbard & Leath Dental today so you can enjoy sweet dreams tomorrow.