Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which an individual experiences pauses in breathing during sleep. These pauses can occur more than ten times per hour and last for more than 5 seconds each. Pauses in breathing may result in the deprivation of oxygen to your body and brain, causing you to wake up briefly to resume breathing. Although this can happen throughout the night, it generally happens most frequently during the deeper phases of your sleep cycles. As a result, you will often not remember waking up or experiencing difficulty breathing at night. However, the effects of lack of sleep caused by sleep apnea can be serious and long-lasting. Snoring can also be a sign of several conditions, including apnea or obstructive breathing disorder. If you or someone you care for are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to speak with your dentist at Sleep Health Partners regarding treatment options for snoring and sleep apnea.
The effects of sleep apnea can include a number of both short and long-term consequences. While some of these issues may be short-term and will only affect you personally, others can have a serious impact on your relationships and your career. For example, you may experience fatigue during the day as a result of frequent interruptions in your sleep cycle. This can cause you to be less attentive at work and to take more breaks throughout the day than your peers with healthy sleeping habits. In addition, chronic sleep deprivation can lead to more serious health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression. As all of these conditions can have a long-term negative impact on your life and well-being, it is important to take steps to address them as soon as possible.
If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, you should consult with your doctor to discuss treatment options. Your doctor will likely suggest making lifestyle changes such as losing weight, reducing alcohol consumption, and avoiding the use of sedative medications before suggesting a treatment plan. If lifestyle modifications are not enough to address the problem of sleep apnea, then your doctor at Sleep Health Partners may recommend that you get oral appliances.
There are multiple treatment options available depending on the severity of your sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy is a common and effective treatment for mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea. A custom-fitted oral appliance is worn at night to prevent the soft tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing during sleep, which often results in airway blockage and breathing pauses. The oral appliance keeps the airway open by repositioning the lower jaw or tongue forward so that the airways remain open. This prevents the soft tissues of the throat from collapsing into the airway while sleeping. In addition, an oral appliance is often effective in controlling snoring.
Custom-made oral appliances are effective in treating mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea and snoring, but patients with severe cases of sleep apnea may need additional treatment to achieve results. If you have been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea or other complicated sleep disorders, we can refer you to a specialist who can better address your needs.
For patients with mild sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy may be the only treatment they need. Patients with more severe sleep apnea, however, may require other treatments such as CPAP or surgery. To find out if you can benefit from oral appliance therapy, schedule a consultation with us today!
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