Stop Snoring and Sleep Better
Do you spend your day feeling exhausted, despite sleeping the night before? Does your spouse complain about your constant snoring? If these symptoms sound similar, you may be one of the over ten million people in the United States who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. To obtain adequate rest, you may need treatment for your sleep disorder. At Heritage Creek Dental, we provide treatment for sleep apnea so your can rest easy.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when patients stop breathing for brief periods while sleeping. This occurs when soft tissue in the back of the throat blocks airflow. When you stop breathing, the brain becomes deprived of oxygen and is forced to wake the patient up to start breathing. In some cases, this cycle can play out hundreds of times every night. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Daytime drowsiness
- Waking up choking or struggling for air
- Irritability or difficulty focusing
If you recognize any of these symptoms, then schedule a consultation with your Albia dentist today.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
A number of factors can lead to air obstruction, such as:
- Relaxed throat muscles
- Large tongue or tonsils
- The shape of your head or neck
The Health Risks of Sleep Apnea
Patients with untreated sleep apnea experienced an increased risk of serious health issues, such as high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack. To avoid these complications, you should also seek professional treatment for your sleep apneas symptoms. Together, we can help you obtain the deep, uninterrupted sleep you need.
Treating Sleep Apnea
How will your Albia dentist treat sleep apnea? First, you will need to undergo an examination to diagnose the cause and severity of your sleep apnea. From there, we will prescribe the most appropriate treatment options. In most cases, we will recommend an oral splint. Similar in appearance to a night guard, this device moves the jaw forward to prevent soft tissue from obstructing airflow. Soon, you will notice a reduction in the symptoms of sleep apnea.
There are also steps you can take to decreases the severity of your obstructive sleep apnea from home. If obesity is a main factor behind your sleep apnea, consider losing weight with diet and exercise. You should also avoid caffeine or alcohol in the hours before bed. Your bedroom should also be conducive to good sleep. Keep your bedroom dark and cool and remove the TV or computer. Finally, you should maintain a regular sleep schedule, waking and going to bed at the same times everyday, even on weekends.
Visit Us for an Appointment Today
We are so happy you have found us at Heritage Creek Dental, and look forward to treating you at our Albia office. Dr. Hussong and our friendly, compassionate team feel honored to meet you and your family members. Please call to schedule an appointment with us, so we may assist you on your journey toward a lovely, healthy smile with our comprehensive dental services. We serve families from Albia and surrounding communities.