What Is Sleep Apnea?
Despite what you may have read online, this condition is far more serious than a bothersome snore. Sleep apnea is quite common but most people who have it don’t know until someone else witnesses it and tells them.
Sleep apnea causes a person to take shallow breaths or even pause breathing while asleep. The breathing pauses can last only a few seconds but can go on for minutes. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
During sleep, the upper airway may become obstructed by excess tissue, large tonsils, a large tongue and even the position of the jaw. This limits the oxygen flow to your body, and heart has to work harder as blood oxygen levels fall with every skipped breath. This puts you at risk for a heart attack and possibly death.
What Are The Signs And Symptoms?
If you suffer from this condition, you’re not alone. The National Sleep Foundation predicts that 18 million adults suffer from apneas while they sleep. Children can be affected as well. The most common symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Daytime sleepiness and fatigue
- Morning headaches
- Insomnia due to waking often or difficulty maintaining sleep
- Trouble concentrating
- Mood changes such as irritability, anxiety, and depression
- Increased heart rate and/or Blood Pressure
- Decreased sex drive
- Unexplained weight gain
- Increased urination
- Frequent heartburn or acid reflux
- Over-tired or hyperactive
- Poor growth
- Learning and memory deficits
- Enuresis (Bedwetting)
Diagnostic And Treatment Options
At Prestige Family Dentistry, Dr. Kashkouli guides you through testing and finding the right option after a Diagnostic is made by a certified Sleep Physician. People who suffer from what’s considered “mild to moderate” sleep apnea, can be a great candidate for an Oral Sleep Appliance which is a sleek and efficient alternative to the typical remedies like C-PAP.
This appliance is portable, quiet, comfortable, and quite easy to use. It fits over the teeth like a retainer, and it helps keep the mandible forward and the jaw open. Because of this technology, we see many patients completely change their lives.
If you are having severe problems sleeping due to a breathing condition, it may be time to seek a consultation for treatment. Afterall, everyone deserves a good night’s sleep so they can work, learn, and play to their full potential.
If you would like more information, contact us today, or come to our office in Beaverton. You shouldn’t have to use a bulky C-PAP machine if you don’t need one.