It’s frustrating when you don’t get a full night of sleep. You end up groggy all day, you can never quite get on your feet, and the entire day seems like a struggle in staying awake! We’ve all been there before, but what if your poor sleep is constant? Not being able to sleep for weeks or months on end is miserable!
At The Waterford Dentist we see a lot of people suffering from sleeplessness and it usually boils down to one of two causes: snoring and sleep apnea! Both conditions are related in their cause and treatment, but the severity and risks associated with both are vastly different! Snoring might just earn you a scold from the person you share a bed with but sleep apnea has very real consequences for your health!
We offer treatments for both conditions at our Waterford dentist office. You can be back to sleeping comfortably in no time!
When you fall asleep your muscles and soft tissue relax. When this happens in your neck it can block your ability to breath easily. When the blockage isn’t complete you’ll end up with loud snoring but when it becomes completely obstructed you end up with no breathing at all! These pauses are called apneas and can last for several seconds at a time!
Snoring is alarming and annoying for the person you share a bed with (or maybe the whole house!) but sleep apnea can be downright alarming. It can also cause a number of conditions that can affect long-term health! Diseases like cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, sexual disfunction, daytime fatigue, and high blood pressure are all linked to sleep apnea not a pleasant outcome for such a seemingly simple disorder!
Sleep apnea can be caused by lifestyle choices like obesity, smoking, and heavy drinking, but it’s also possible to have sleep apnea due to a small neck, family history, or simply aging! It’s difficult to know if you’re going to suffer from sleep apnea during your life, but thankfully most people can be treated easily!
The first step in treating sleep apnea and snoring is conducting a sleep study. These studies are used to determine if you’re suffering from sleep apnea so that we can determine the appropriate course of treatment. Sleep studies can be done at home in the comfort of your own bed and are very simple!
Once we’ve made a diagnosis of sleep apnea we’ll determine the best way to get you treated. For most patients the use of an oral appliance is enough to deliver results for both sleep apnea and snoring. The devices we prescribe are custom fit to your mouth and help keep your jaw in a comfortable, neutral position that won’t allow your airway to close!
You’ll wear your oral appliance each night when you go to bed and before you know it you’ll be experiencing great, full nights of sleep without interruption for you or your sleep partner!
In some extreme instances an oral appliance won’t be enough to help relieve your sleep apnea symptoms. When that happens we recommend treatment using a CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, machine.
CPAP machines are small boxes that sit next to your bed. They come with a hose and facemask that you wear when you sleep. They deliver a constant, pressurized flow of air to help keep your airway open and allow you to breath easily.
The vast majority of patients who suffer from sleep apnea will find great relief with a CPAP machine, and we’re happy to be able to provide that service at The Waterford Dentist!
If you’re worried that you or someone you love is suffering from sleep apnea, or if you’re just tired of being woken up by snoring or an unhappy bed partner you should give our Waterford dentist office a call! We’re ready to help you sleep better and wake feeling rested and ready to face the day!
You can call us today at (248) 674-0495 or you can request an appointment by filling out our online form. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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