Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep Apnea is defined as a condition that causes you to experience frequent and recurring shortness of breath while sleeping. It can be caused by the individual’s throat becoming overly relaxed while sleeping, which blocks the airways and prevents a normal breath. This is referred to as obstructive sleep apnea.
Signs of sleep apnea include poor sleeping habits, frequent sore throats, recurring headaches and general inability to get a restful night sleep.
At Humlicek Family Dental, we offer custom-designed oral appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea. If diagnosed with sleep apnea, you will wear an oral appliance that adjusts to the position of your jaw to ensure the airways are kept open while sleeping. The device is comfortable and should cause no problems for you or any sleeping partner. We may recommend other lifestyle changes as well such as weight loss, changes to your alcohol consumption and elimination of sleeping medication.
Questions and Answers
What is sleep apnea?Sleep Apnea is commonly caused from a person’s throat becoming overly relaxed while sleeping and blocking the airways—preventing normal breathing. This is referred to as obstructive sleep apnea, which is the most common type. The condition is normally associated with loud, intense snoring, but just because a person snores doesn’t mean they have sleep apnea. Being overweight, excessive alcohol consumption, drug use and genetics can cause the airways to become more relaxed and cause blockage. People with a family history of sleep apnea are more likely to suffer from the condition. It also more commonly affects men than women.
Can sleep apnea kill you?
Sleep Apnea affects more than twenty-eight million people in the U.S. and is most commonly found in middle-aged men, about one in every twenty-five.
The side effects of sleep apnea are real. It is a serious condition that should be dealt with and unfortunately, about 38,000 people die each year from sleep apnea. Side effects of sleep apnea include:
- An increased risk of having a stroke
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Insulin resistance
- Gastric reflux
- Weight gain and inability to lose weight
- Increased risk of cancer
- High blood pressure
- Heart attacks
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
The most common symptoms of sleep apnea are listed below. Just because you have one, or a few of these, doesn’t mean you have sleep apnea. Check with your doctor to be certain.
- Very loud snoring
- Sleepiness and loss of energy when awake
- Painful headaches
- Restless sleep
- Insomnia and recurrent awakenings
- Waking up with a dry or sore throat
- Waking up in the night with gasping or choking sensations
- Sudden mood changes
- Poor concentration
- Going to the bathroom frequently at night
If you have more questions about sleep apnea and how Humlicek Family Dental can help, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.
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