Do I Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Millions of people the world over are suffering from sleep apnea and the tragedy is that most of them do not even know that they have the problem, unless someone tells them about it. Obstructive Sleep apnea has been found to be associated with stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, headaches, heart failure, depression and a host of other diseases. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or if you want to learn more about obstructive sleep apnea, here is some information.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder affecting people in their sleep, during which the person’s breathing stops for intermittent periods or becomes infrequent. Each pause in the breathing is called an apnea and it can last between a few seconds to some minutes. It happens at a frequency of five to thirty times every hour. Eventually, carbon dioxide builds up in the person’s blood stream and the brain wakes the person up so that he can breathe properly. After the person has taken in air, he falls asleep again and this may happen many times over the course of the night. Usually, the person starts breathing again by making a loud choking sound or snort.
Obstructive Sleep apnea is a chronic condition which can keep disrupting your sleep, until you find a solution. It moves you from deep sleep to a phase of light sleep, affecting its quality.
Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea
It is nearly impossible for a you to diagnose sleep apnea by yourself, clearly because you will be asleep when it occurs. You can diagnose it by asking someone to observe your sleep or by recording your sleep.
A common sign that you are suffering from sleep apnea is sleepiness in the daytime. You may find yourself dozing off when you are quiet for a few moments. Another sign that you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea is that you are having trouble breathing during the day. Here are some more symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.
- Headaches in the morning.
- Difficulty concentrating and learning, or memory problems.
- Feeling fatigued, irritable or suffering from mood swings throughout the day.
- Sore throat or dry mouth after sleep.
- Difficulty breathing (stop breathing throughout sleep)
- Over weight for your heights
Alternative Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
If you have read or heard about sleep apnea treatment, you have probably heard of CPAP. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure.
CPAP is a very effective treatment if complied with. Most patients will not or cannot use a CPAP properly and therefore do not get the full benefits. Common problems with CPAP include:
- Embarrassing when with a partner sleeping
- Skin irritation and rashes
- Dry mouth and throat
- Inability to sleep due to noise
- Keeps bedmate awake due to noise
- Inconvenient when traveling
- Requires frequent maintenance
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea look similar to a mouth guard that a football player would wear. These are
Oral appliances for obstructive sleep apnea look similar to a mouth guard that a football player would wear. These are specially designed to treat obstructive sleep apnea. This custom medical device is made to specifically positions the lower jaw in a forward position to open the airway during sleep and allows continuous flow of oxygen The sleep apnea oral appliances offered at Crestview Dental Care are nothing like the anti- snoring and sleep apnea mouthpieces you can buy over-the-counter. OAT’s are designed for comfort, so you will be able to wear them all night long.
Sleep/airway screening is another tool to diagnose sleep apnea. Note that not every person who snores will be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea nor is it true that every person suffering from obstructive sleep apnea will snore. If you think you have sleep issues, visit your Maryville, Tennessee dentist. Your dentist will be able to tell you about it by looking at the state of your teeth and your airway. If you want an official diagnosis, you should visit a sleep specialist. If he gives you a positive diagnosis, do not forget to discuss your options.
Crestview Dental Care work closely with sleep specialists who can medically diagnose obstructive sleep apnea. To learn more about obstructive sleep apnea please contact Crestview Dental Care today for a complimentary consultation.