Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by breathing complications when asleep. An individual with sleep apnea may awaken several times during the night, choking and gasping for air. The condition is potentially serious and can impact your mental and overall physical wellbeing. There are several treatment options that can be beneficial for people with sleep apnea. Our dental specialist at Granite View Dental will recommend treatment after a thorough diagnosis. The dental team can prescribe an oral device to improve your breathing and sleep patterns.
How Does Obstructive Sleep Apnea Happen?
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most prevalent type of sleep disorder. Obstruction in the airway temporarily interrupts breathing and disrupts the oxygen supply. Individuals with the condition will often wake up multiple times during the night.
People with sleep apnea may notice mouth dryness and soreness when they wake up. The diminished oxygen supply to the body and sleep disruptions can cause migraines and fatigue.
Sleep apnea affects the deep stages of the sleep cycle, which facilitate healing and cognitive ability. People with the condition may become irritable and find it hard to concentrate. Untreated sleep apnea can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases and type-2 diabetes.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
One of the symptoms of sleep apnea is reduced cognitive function characterized by memory loss and irritability. Drowsiness and fatigue are other common symptoms caused by poor quality sleep. You may become restless when you sleep, waking up multiple times to urinate.
Sleep Apnea Risk Factors
Sleep apnea affects individuals of all ages and backgrounds, but several factors can increase your risk. Men and people over 40 are more likely to experience breathing and sleep cycle disruptions. Alcohol and medication can make you more susceptible to sleep apnea. Some substances could change your sleep cycle and diminish the quality of sleep. Another risk factor is anatomical features such as a short neck and long tongue.
Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment
Our specialist will conduct a general health exam to diagnose sleep apnea. The test identifies symptoms and potential risk factors. The specialist may also suggest a sleep study to evaluate sleep patterns.
Our dental team can present several treatment options after the diagnosis. Devices that limit the movement of the tongue and jaw can reduce snoring and breathing disruptions. The treatment may involve using a CPAP machine to send a stream of air down the airway.
Lifestyle changes like regular exercise and altering your sleep position can enhance breathing to manage sleep apnea. Some patients may have to undergo surgery to remove some of the tissue around the air passageway.
Our dental team can prescribe a custom-made oral device to manage sleep apnea symptoms. We will take an impression of your teeth to ensure a tight and comfortable fit. The dental appliance is effective for mild and moderate cases. However, your diagnosis will inform the best treatment option for your needs and lifestyle.
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Our dental team at Granite View Dental can answer your questions regarding sleep apnea. Call (928) 589-1776 today for more details.