Breathe Easier with Proper Treatment for Sleep Apnea
- Posted on: Jun 30 2017
It has been said the sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders to affect Americans of all ages. Of the different varieties of this condition, it is obstructive sleep apnea that occurs most frequently. Obstructive sleep apnea is the sleep disorder in which the airway becomes blocked, ultimately interrupting sleep. Because the consequences of the process of breathing-blockage-stimulation can be severe, it is important that people who suspect they or a loved one may have sleep apnea receive appropriate care.
Adverse effects of sleep apnea include:
- Increased risk for accidents
- Heightened ADHD
- Irregular heartbeat, heart attack, and heart failure
- High blood pressure
Children who suffer from sleep apnea are more prone to accidents, as well. Additionally, research suggests that behavior problems, poor academic performance, and bed-wetting are potential side effects of adolescent sleep apnea.
When to Talk to your Doctor
A dental examination and consultation are not likely to confirm the existence of sleep apnea. An accurate diagnosis stems from a formal sleep study ordered by your physician of record. The following symptoms may alert you that a consultation is needed:
- Disruptive snoring.
- Pauses in snoring sounds.
- Gasping or choking after this silence.
- Excessive daytime fatigue.
- Sore or dry throat upon waking.
- Headache pain upon waking, or chronic migraines.
- Restless sleep.
What your Dentist can do
Many people believe that they must obtain medical treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. This can lead to an ongoing struggle, as the primary therapy, CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), may cause unpleasant side effects of its own. There is another option, oral airway appliance therapy.
Oral appliances have come a long way in recent years, as device manufacturers have discovered how to refine the profile of oral fixtures. Today, oral appliance therapy is used by thousands of patients who wish to restore sleep without the need for a bedside unit and nasal mask. The objective of this treatment protocol is to position the jaw in such a manner that the airway remains comfortably open.
Obstructive sleep apnea steals a lot more than a good night’s sleep. Learn how your Beverly Hills dentist Dr. David Frey can help you breathe easier. Call 310-276-4537.