Sleep is an essential part of your life. It is a restorative process that allows your body to rest and repair so that it can function at its best each and every day. Everyone has the occasional morning where they wake up tired, having not slept well the night before. However, there are some who suffer this reality every single day. Millions of Americans wake up exhausted morning after morning no matter what they do. If this sounds like you, you may have a condition called sleep apnea. State Street Dental is here to help.
What Exactly is Sleep Apnea?Sleep apnea is a condition that affects your sleep. However, in most cases, you are completely unaware that you have it. The only thing that you know is that you are still exhausted every single morning. With normal sleep, your body goes through two different cycles, repeating them several times each night. These cycles help your mind and body to get the rest and repair they need.
When you have sleep apnea, however, your sleep cycles are disrupted by cessations in your breathing. Your breathing stops for several seconds, causing your mind to partially wake you up so that you can begin again. This occurs anywhere from 5 times per sleeping hour to more than 30 times per hour. In most cases, you never even know that it is happening. There are two types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. With obstructive sleep apnea, your airway is blocked while you sleep, typically by your tongue or other oral tissues. With central sleep apnea, your breathing stops because your brain does not communicate properly with your breathing muscles.
How Do I Know if I Have Sleep Apnea?Waking up exhausted every morning is just one sign of sleep apnea. There are several other symptoms that you may notice as well. These include:
When you have sleep apnea, more than just your sleep is affected. The longer sleep apnea goes untreated, the more likely it becomes that you will be faced with serious health complications, including:
How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?Diagnosing sleep apnea requires a sleep study. This is typically done in a sleep lab, but can also sometimes be done in your home. During a sleep study, you are attached to machines that monitor your breathing, brain activity, and muscle activity. All of this information is recorded and read by a sleep specialist the next day. The specialist can diagnose sleep apnea and prescribe treatment.
Treatment Options for Sleep ApneaThere are numerous treatments available for sleep apnea. Common treatments include:
Custom Oral Appliances for Sleep ApneaAn oral appliance is a device worn in your mouth while you sleep to prevent cessations in your breathing. It is typically used for mild to moderate sleep apnea and can provide an alternative to C-PAP. We can custom create an oral appliance just for you based on impressions of your mouth. This ensures a proper fit for the best results. The appliance works to hold your jaw in proper alignment, preventing the mandible from falling back and keeping your oral tissues out of your throat. In addition to ensuring a proper fit, custom oral appliances are made with the highest quality materials.
With the right treatment, you can finally get the restful sleep you need, allowing you to wake up feeling rested, refreshed, and ready to go. For more information, call State Street Dental today at (971) 332-3020.