Discover Restful Nights: Effective Sleep Apnea Treatment
At iSmile Dentistry, we understand the importance of a good night’s sleep and the impact it has on your overall well-being. If you struggle to remain asleep at night and have been told that you snore, our experienced dentists encourage you to visit us for an evaluation. We are dedicated to helping you achieve the restful sleep you deserve. Schedule your appointment with us today and discover how we can assist you.
Understanding Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by interruptions and pauses in breathing during sleep. The obstructive form of this disorder occurs when the airway becomes blocked, often due to the tongue rolling back or collapsed tissues in the airway. If left untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to severe health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and liver problems.
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Proper diagnosis of sleep apnea requires consultation with a physician. We recommend that you discuss your symptoms with both our dentist and your physician if you experience any of the following:
Extreme drowsiness during the day: If you constantly feel excessively tired and struggle to stay awake, even after a full night’s sleep, it could be a sign of sleep apnea.
Personality changes and irritability: Sleep deprivation caused by sleep apnea can lead to mood swings, irritability, and difficulties in managing stress.
Trouble staying asleep at night: If you find yourself waking up frequently throughout the night and struggling to maintain a continuous sleep pattern, it may be a result of sleep apnea.
Snoring: Loud and persistent snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea. If your partner or family members complain about your snoring, it is worth addressing.
Waking up with a very dry or sore throat: Frequent morning dryness or soreness in your throat may be an indication of sleep apnea due to breathing difficulties during sleep.
Frequent morning headaches: Headaches upon waking up may be caused by the decrease in oxygen levels during sleep apnea episodes.
The appropriate sleep apnea treatment will depend on the severity of your condition. If you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, our dentist may recommend a simple oral appliance. This custom-fitted device is designed to be worn while you sleep and helps keep your airway open. It can either prevent the tongue from blocking the air passage or hold your jaw in a position that prevents airway blockages during rest.
For more information on our sleep apnea treatment options or to schedule a consultation, we invite you to call or visit our dental practice today. At iSmile Dentistry, we are committed to helping you improve your health and achieve a peaceful night’s sleep.