Do you wake up after a full night’s sleep feeling as though you have not gotten any rest at all? If so, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. This relatively common condition causes your breathing to stop repeatedly during the night. Because you will wake up each time this happens, you will never stay in the deep levels of sleep that your body needs. The team at Value Dental Centers in Goodyear, AZ can treat sleep apnea with a simple, custom-made oral appliance. The device can also stop snoring, often a symptom of sleep apnea. Our treatment can have tremendous benefits, improving both your current wellbeing and your long-term health.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
There are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive and central sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea (CSA) is relatively rare and requires treatment from a neurologist or other specialist. On other hand, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a more frequent and more easily treatable complaint. The condition occurs when your soft palate, throat, and/or tongue droop while you are asleep. In turn, they will block normal airflow, and you will stop breathing. Of course, breathing will resume once you wake up. However, this means that you may never reach the deep levels of sleep that you need to feel truly rested.
In many cases, you will not even be aware that your sleep was interrupted. For this reason, your symptoms may be the easiest way to diagnose OSA. Signs of the condition can include:
- Frequent exhaustion
- Daytime sleepiness
- Mood swings
- Forgetfulness or difficulty concentrating
- Frequent headaches, especially in the morning
- Sore throat upon waking
Snoring and Its Link to Sleep Apnea
In addition to the symptoms listed above, snoring is one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea. As your soft tissues droop, they will compress air as it squeezes through your throat. The resulting vibrations will cause loud snoring.
Snoring is not always a symptom of OSA. Nevertheless, even on its own, snoring can be embarrassing, and it can even be disruptive to other people.
How Do We Treat Sleep Apnea and Snoring?
Custom-made mouth guards are typically the simplest, most effective way to treat OSA and snoring. We will provide a device made from impressions of your teeth. Your appliance will reposition your lower jaw, pushing it slightly forward. This new position will tighten your soft palate and open up your throat. Other devices can reposition your tongue and pull it forward to keep your throat open.
For many years, CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) was the only way to treat sleep apnea. CPAP devices consist of a mask that fits over your mouth and nose. A machine then pumps air through this mask to keep your airways open. Oral appliances are unobtrusive, simple to transport, and easier to adjust to than a bulky mask. Most importantly, the devices are effective and can improve the quality of your sleep in just a few nights.
The Importance of Sleep Apnea Treatment
It is important to treat sleep apnea as soon as you notice the symptoms. First, our effective care can improve your sleep, helping you to wake up feeling rested and ready to tackle the day ahead of you. Your mood and personal relationships may also improve. In addition, various studies have linked sleep apnea to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Therefore, a simple oral appliance could actually protect your overall health and extend your life.
Contact Us for an Evaluation
If you are suffering from sleep apnea, do not neglect the care you need. Contact our office to schedule an appointment and to receive your custom appliance.