Is Sleep Apnea Disturbing Your Quality Of Sleep?
You wake up exhausted, feeling like you’ve hardly slept at all. Your partner complains of your constant, obnoxiously loud snoring. You even feel nervous to drive because you have such a hard time staying awake.
There are a lot of factors that can contribute to a lack of restful sleep. But if you’ve noticed one or more symptoms associated with sleep apnea, it may be time to consider a specialized treatment.
When you visit Hubbard & Leath Dental, we can help get you the right diagnosis. A proper diagnosis leads to an effective treatment plan. Our goal is to help you find relief from the symptoms that are disturbing your sleep, so you can finally get the rest you need.
In the meantime, learn more about sleep apnea and how it’s interrupting your sleep.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by interruptions in a person’s breathing while they sleep. Untreated sleep apnea can cause a person to repeatedly stop breathing, even hundreds of times, while they sleep. These interruptions can deprive the brain and the rest of the body of oxygen.
There are two types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
Obstructive sleep apnea is the more common form and occurs when your airway is blocked. Usually, this happens when the soft tissue in the back of your throat relaxes and collapses while you sleep.
- Central sleep apnea
Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain doesn’t send a signal to your muscles to help you breathe.
People with sleep apnea are at a higher risk for stroke, heart failure, hypertension, and other related health problems.
Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea
If you’re concerned you may have sleep apnea, pay attention to whether you or your partner notice any of the following symptoms:
- Loud snoring
- A sore or dry throat upon waking
- Waking up suddenly choking or gasping for air
- Chronic fatigue or a lack of energy during the day
- Sleepiness while driving
- Restless sleep
- Forgetfulness and mood changes
- Insomnia or recurrent awakenings
Who Is Most At Risk For Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea can affect anyone, at any age. But those who are most at risk include people who:
- Are male
- Are overweight
- Are over the age of 40
- Have a large tongue, large tonsils, or a small jaw bone
- Have a neck size of 17 inches or greater in men and 16 inches or greater in women
- Have a family history of sleep apnea
- Have gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD
- Have nasal obstruction caused by a deviated septum, sinus problems, or allergies
Diagnosing & Treating Sleep Apnea
A lot of our patients are surprised to learn that we can diagnose and treat sleep apnea right here in our Rochester Hills, MI dentist office. We also see patients who have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea and want a more comfortable alternative to a CPAP machine.
Fortunately, we’ve been able to help many of our patients with the use of a customized sleep apnea mouthguard.
Mouthguard To Treat Sleep Apnea
A sleep apnea mouthguard is customized to fit comfortably in your mouth. It effectively aligns your mouth in a way that prevents your airway from becoming blocked. When your airway stays open, you can breathe better while you sleep!
Mouthguards are a great treatment option for patients with obstructive sleep apnea. For patients with central sleep apnea, a CPAP machine may be the best option.
What Sleep Apnea Treatment Option Is Right For You?
The only way to find out what treatment for sleep apnea will be most effective for your symptoms is to visit our office. We will discuss your symptoms and if necessary set you up for a sleep study. We will work hard to find a treatment plan that is just right for you.
Because of the serious health problems related to sleep apnea, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. If you think you could have sleep apnea, don’t wait another day to do something about it.