Sleep apnea occurs when your breathing becomes shallow as you sleep. It may even stop completely. This happens repeatedly during your sleep cycle, possibly as many as hundreds of times during the night. Here at Kellerman Dental, among the many valuable services that we offer is sleep apnea dentistry, in which you will be diagnosed, evaluated, and treated.
What are the signs of sleep apnea? Some are ones that you can keep track of easily, such as experiencing fatigue, feeling tired even though you had a full night’s sleep, headaches, dry mouth, sore throat upon waking, night sweats, difficulties getting up in the morning, a chocking or gasping feeling during the night, and sexual dysfunction. All of the above are symptoms of Glen Carbon sleep apnea. Another that is key, but one that you cannot detect unless you have a sleeping partner, is snoring. Treatment options vary based on the severity of your situation, but mild cases may respond very well to lifestyle adjustments. If you are overweight, which is a risk factor for Glen Carbon sleep apnea, consider dieting and exercise to effect a more health body weight. In fact, you can achieve up to 26% less sleep disturbance by losing as little as 10% of your current weight. Smoking, alcohol, and sleeping pills also contribute to the problem. Among the more direct treatments that are effective is oral appliance therapy, which repositions your jaw and tongue forward while you sleep. This keeps your airway open to a greater degree and is comfortable and simple to use. More complex methods may have to be considered if you don’t respond to oral appliance therapy, but most patients find that they achieve the desired results.
Our dental office is committed to helping you to avoid the consequences of Glen Carbon sleep apnea. Call us and book an appointment.