Getting a good night’s sleep is important. It allows you to wake up rested and refreshed. It is also essential for your physical, mental, and emotional health. However, for millions of Americans, getting a good night’s sleep can seem like an impossibility. You go to bed at a decent time, but no matter how much sleep you seem to get, you always wake up exhausted. Regular poor sleep can be caused by sleep apnea, a common sleep condition. National Dental Oakland Gardens can help.
WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects your sleep. As you sleep, your body goes through normal cycles. When you have sleep apnea, your sleep cycles are disrupted, which then affects the quality of sleep you can achieve. Sleep apnea causes apneic events. This simply means that you stop breathing while you sleep. This may last only a couple of seconds, but some events can last as long as a minute and a half. When you experience an apneic event, you wake up, even if you don’t remember doing so in the morning.
Sleep apnea ranges in severity. For mild sleep apnea, you may experience between 5 and 14 events per sleeping hour. With severe sleep apnea, you may experience more than 30 events per sleeping hour. Sleep apnea can be divided up into three different types:
- Obstructive sleep apnea. This is the most common type of sleep apnea. It occurs when your airway becomes blocked by your tongue or other oral tissues.
- Central sleep apnea. With this type of sleep apnea, your brain fails to communicate with the muscles that control your breathing.
- Mixed sleep apnea. This is a mixture of both obstructive and central sleep apneas.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER SYMPTOMS?
While waking up feeling the exhausted morning after morning is a common symptom that occurs when you have sleep apnea, it is not the only one. There are several other symptoms that may occur as well:
- Feeling excessively tired throughout the day. You may even find yourself falling asleep during daily tasks.
- Trouble making decisions.
- Feeling irritable, or having trouble controlling your emotions.
HOW SLEEP APNEA IS DIAGNOSED
Sleep apnea needs to be diagnosed and that is done through a sleep study. At National Dental, we work with a vast network of trained sleep experts. They can not only diagnose your sleep apnea; they can help you to manage your treatment.
TREATING SLEEP APNEA AT NATIONAL DENTAL
In most cases, sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea in particular, is treated with a C-PAP machine. This machine has a nose piece that sits over your nose as you sleep, and it delivers continuous, positive pressure to the airway. For some patients, this machine does not work well, and others don’t want to deal with it. If you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, we may be able to help get you the sleep you need with an oral appliance.
An oral appliance is a custom-fit device that sits over your top teeth, almost like a mouthguard. It is designed to hold your jaw in proper alignment, which prevents your tongue (or other oral tissues) from sliding back and blocking your airway. >> Learn more about oral appliances and how they can help you
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, and a C-PAP machine just isn’t cutting it for you, you may be able to benefit from oral appliance therapy. Contact National Dental’s Sleep Department today at (516) 208-4276 for more information.