Be Safe On The Road By Treating Your Sleep Apnea
We don’t what to be alarming, but the news recently presented a reminder of the potential consequences of untreated sleep apnea.
The MTA Board (which is in charge of public transportation in New York City) has decided to have its employees tested for sleep apnea. The reason for the decision was a number of train accidents (yes, trains) in which sleep apnea was a cause.
This fits with something we have known about sleep apnea from multiple studies. When left untreated, people with sleep apnea are more than twice as likely as other drivers to be involved in automotive accidents.
If you suspect that you may have sleep apnea, our dentists in Rochester Hills, MI, want to help. If you already have a CPAP machine but don’t use like you should, we may have another treatment for you at Hubbard & Leath Dental.
What’s The Link Between Sleep Apnea And Accidents?
It’s not as direct as having sleep apnea causing you to have accidents. However, one of they symptoms of sleep apnea — sleep deprivation — makes daytime sleepiness more likely.
Many times this is relatively harmless. If you are trying to watch the Wolverines or the Spartans on television, it may be frustrating if you nod off during the game.
Even if you doze off at your desk at work, you may feel embarrassed, but it’s not putting anyone’s life at risk.
But if you fall asleep behind the wheel, then you and drivers around you could be in danger. We don’t want you to be in that situation, and we certainly don’t want anyone to be in an accident.
That’s why we encourage you to find a sleep apnea treatment that will work for you. It’s important to have a treatment that you can stick with for your sake and the sake of people around you.
To learn how we can help, call 248.266.2528 to reach our dentist office if you live in or near Rochester Hills, MI.
Sleep Apnea Treatments: CPAPs & Oral Appliances
CPAP machines have been the standard treatment for sleep apnea for a long time.
CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. The way this machine works is by pushing air into your airway to keep them open.
When someone with obstructive sleep apnea falls asleep, soft tissues around his or her air can cause blockages that limit and cut off their breathing. Your body responds to this by waking you up so you can take a few breaths.
As a result, you are waking up, potentially dozens of times every hour. You may not be aware that this is happening. Yet, it may be preventing you from the getting the deep sleep that health experts say we need.
If you have a CPAP, and it works for you. Please, continue to use it for your sake, for the people you love, and the people who share the road with you.
On the other hand, if you find it difficult to use your CPAP consistently, then you may want to visit Hubbard & Leath Dental.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved oral appliances as a first-line treatment for sleep apnea patients.
Like a CPAP, the purpose of an oral appliance is to keep your airways open so you can continue breathing while you sleep. This could help you stay asleep longer (and snore less, which your spouse or partner may appreciate).
That way you can get the deep, healthy sleep that you need. You could wake up feeling refreshed, so you don’t feel so tired during the day.
How Oral Appliances Work
As we said earlier, CPAP machines work by pushing air into your airways. To accomplish this, the user wears a mask that is connected to a hose that is connected to the machine.
The machine blows air into the hose, through your mask, and into your throat. Some people don’t like the sound of the machine. Some people the hose makes it harder to get comfortable. And some people just don’t like wearing a mask all night.
With an oral appliance, we create a device that you wear between your teeth. There are no machines, hoses, or masks.
The appliance pulls your jaw forward slightly. This change of position helps to keep your airways open so you can continue breathing.
Now, you will need to give yourself a little time to get used to sleeping with something in your mouth. Once you do, you may find that you feel more refreshed in the morning.
Would You Like To Learn More?
Just call 248.266.2528 or fill out our online form to request a form with one of our dentists in Rochester Hills, MI. Our team at Hubbard & Leath Dental will do whatever we can to help with your sleep apnea treatment.