What is Sleep Apnea
If you get up after sleeping and still feel tired, even after you think you had a good sleep, you could have sleep apnea. If you do have sleep apnea, you have a problem sleeping that causes you to stop breathing for a while when you sleep. The time that you quit breathing may only last a few seconds or may last up to one minute long. When sleep apnea affects your life, you may wake up with a jerk or a snort. When you have sleep apnea, you can’t sleep as deeply as you’d like. Once you can breathe better, you can also sleep better. Or your sleeping partner may complain or be concerned about your sleeping patterns.
Sleeping problems need to be treated by a professional. If you beleive that you might have sleep apnea, you’ll need professional help to solve your sleeping issues. Having a sleep study can help medical personnel determine and diagnose whether or not you have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can have serious consequences such as:
- Driving accidents.
- Heart attacks.
- Heart problems like arrhythmia.
- Heart failure.
Long-Term Sleep Apnea Treatment at Our Dental Office
If you are having trouble breathing properly at night, you may need to wear a uniquely made mouthpiece when you sleep. In the particular case of obstructive sleep apnea, a adequately designed mouthpiece worn at night will keep your mouth in the correct position and also keep your airways open. Air will easily be able to enter your mouth and go down your windpipe smoothly. When you awaken in the morning, you should feel more rested, have less early morning cotton mouth, and receive enough oxygen to prevent many of the many dangerous side effects of sleep apnea, too.
If you suspect that obstructive sleep apnea is harming your health and causing a disturbance in your sleep patterns, come in and see us for a consultation. We can offer you just the right sleep apnea appliance to keep your airways open and give you a great night’s sleep.