Does your family complain of your snoring? Perhaps you think you might have sleep apnea due to symptoms you experience. Sleep apnea is a difficult condition to diagnose because it manifests during sleep.
Even though sleep apnea is hard to detect without monitoring vitals, it can wreak havoc on your wellbeing and health when it is left untreated. Our dentist offers a comfortable and effective solution to sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy. Receiving treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be life-changing because people finally achieve the proper rest they require to function optimally.
The Basics on Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a common disorder where oral or nasal obstructions prevent a person from breathing while they sleep. As the sleeper goes without air, the brain will initiate a mild fight or flight response to wake a person just enough to resume proper breathing.
Cycles of apnea followed by wakefulness can occur hundreds of times in an 8-hour sleep period. Even though most people resume sleeping quickly after waking, people will still feel deprived of sleep because they are unable to progress through each stage of sleep naturally. Interrupted sleep means that a person may not receive as much deep sleep as they need. Deep sleep, for instance, is vital to rejuvenating the body’s organs and tissues.
Without treatment, those with OSA will continue to be deprived of the sleep that they deserve and need.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Even though sleep apnea is hard to detect without professional equipment, there are some common symptoms that a person could have. Following are some typical symptoms of OSA:
- Dry mouth upon waking
- Morning headaches
- Fatigue – even after a full night of sleep
- Gasping for air
- Memory loss
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
Once a sleep study confirms a diagnosis of OSA, our dentist can provide a treatment consultation. We offer oral appliance therapy with the SUAD Ultra Elite device. An oral appliance will position the lower jaw forward to increase the size of the airway. For many, this appliance can eliminate airway obstruction without the need for bulky or loud machinery.
For questions or to learn about the convenient at-home sleep apnea screening process we offer, contact our team at Lynn Dental Care today.