Sleep apnea – sure, you’ve heard the term, but did you know this disorder is the most common sleep problem, right behind insomnia? This medical condition may be common, but shouldn’t be taken lightly, since the effects of going without treatment can cause weight gain, increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes, and even lead to a shortened life span. If you’re suffering from this condition – or think you might be affected – learn how dental sleep apnea treatment in Green Lake from the team at Oak Tree Dental care can give you the rest you deserve, and improve your overall health in the process.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Dr. Imahn Moin and Dr. Amin Tabatabaian explain that most patients suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. When you sleep, your tongue and lower jaw relax, sliding against the back of your throat and preventing you from breathing correctly.
Since your body is wise enough to know you’re not getting the oxygen you need, you’ll wake up, but often not remember it. Your brain will make you only conscious enough to start breathing properly and these “micro-arousals” can happen hundreds of times a night – leaving you exhausted, but without knowing why.
What Are The Signs & Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea has many common symptoms:
- Gaps or elongated pauses in breathing when you sleep – usually noticed by your partner.
- Waking up gasping for air or with an asthma attack.
- Waking up to urinate.
- Morning headaches.
- Exhaustion, even after sleeping 8 or more hours.
- Sleepiness while driving.
- Craving carbs and sweets for energy.
- Depression, irritability, forgetfulness, and trouble concentrating.
- Decreased interest in sex.
Is Untreated Sleep Apnea Dangerous?
Yes – untreated sleep apnea can have serious ramifications to your health. This condition can cause many health issues, including:
- High Blood Pressure
- Cardiac Arrest
- Heart failure
- Irregular heartbeat
- Heart attack
- Sudden Death
- Car Accidents
How Can I Find Out If I Have Sleep Apnea?
If you think you might be affected by sleep apnea, talk with our team or your doctor today – don’t wait. Review these risk factors or take this sleep apnea quiz. After a sleep study, you’ll get the answers you need to address your sleep problem.
Are There Dental Treatments For Sleep Apnea?
If you’re diagnosed with this sleep disorder, you’ll most likely be prescribed a CPAP machine. Since the tubing can be cumbersome, and the air that’s forced into your airways all night long can be uncomfortable, many people stop using their CPAP machines – and no treatment is effective if patients don’t use it.
Rather than putting your health at risk by leaving this condition untreated, our team can help you with a customized oral appliance that will shift your lower jaw and tongue out of the way while you sleep. This device is similar to a nightguard, exceedingly comfortable, and much more economical than a CPAP machine. And, it’s effective – custom oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea works well for about 80% of patients.
Now that you know how sleep apnea can affect your overall health, schedule your appointment with Oak Tree Dental Care and get the rest you deserve!