Do you often feel exhausted during the day, even if you slept well the night before? Do you also happen to snore frequently too? If so, then your daytime exhaustion could be linked to a serious disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In today’s blog, your Astoria, NY, dentist will look at how we diagnose and treat OSA.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
People with sleep apnea stop breathing for brief periods several times a night, as soft tissues in the back of the mouth and in the throat become too relaxed, collapsing and blocking air flow. The brain will then register the lack of oxygen and wake you, even if you don’t remember being woken up. For some, this happens hundreds of times in a single night, which means lack of sleep and a number of serious complications. Warning signs may include daytime drowsiness, as well as irritability, snoring, trouble staying awake, difficulty staying focused at work or school, and headaches.
Common Causes and Complications
If you experience one or more of these warning signs, then you should let us know. Over time, sleep apnea is linked to a strained immune system, and more frequent sickness. The disorder could also place pressure on your cardiovascular system, which increases the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack. You could also have trouble maintaining a good quality of life, and your work life and personal life could suffer.
Causes of the air blockage vary, but could include a large neck circumference, issues with the shape and position of oral structures, excessive alcohol consumption, and obesity. We will need to identify the factors behind your sleep issues in order to prescribe the appropriate treatment option.
We often take detailed impressions and images of your smile to create an oral appliance, which is worn as you sleep. The device then fits comfortably and helps reposition the jaw to prevent airway blockage. This provides a comfortable and convenient alternative to the CPAP machine. We may also discuss positive changes to your sleep habits, such as maintaining a regular schedule (going to bed and waking up at the same times daily), avoiding alcohol or large meals before bed, avoiding caffeinated products, and keeping your bedroom dark and cool. Trey to sleep on your side instead of your back too! If you have any questions about treating sleep troubles, then please contact our team today.
Ready to Try an Oral Appliance?
A good night’s rest is the key to better quality of life, and better overall health. To learn more about improving your ability to rest, then schedule a consultation by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.