About Sleep Apnea Treatment
If you often gasp, snore, or make choking sounds during sleep, then you probably are suffering from sleep apnea and should consult a doctor. Sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes individuals to go through shallow breathing while sleeping. Pauses in breath might last for a few seconds to a few minutes. Patients with sleep apnea can suffer from significant depression and stress. Oral appliance therapy can be a good cure for this chronic condition. At Cardinal Park Family Dental Care, we offer treatments for sleep apnea.
Advances in dentistry have produced a range of solutions that can be applied to control sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea and are unable to actively participate in your daily activities, then you consult one of our dentists. A dental device remains the recommended therapy for treating mild to moderate sleep apnea. We offer sleep apnea treatment at Cardinal Park Family Dental Care through Silent Nite® and Whole You™ apnea appliance. These oral appliances are similar to night guards. The device regulates the pressure of the airflow and reduces suffering among sleep apnea patients. The device is a custom fit and improves quality of sleep through maintaining your jaw in a favorable direction so that the upper airway remains open and there is no obstruction in the flow of oxygen.. Use of a dental device will not only improve the quality of sleep but will also help revitalize your health and well-being.
Signs You Have Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is not a condition to ignore but requires prompt action and treatment. Otherwise, it will not only increase your daytime dizziness and sleepiness but may also lead you to severe headaches and memory loss. Dizziness may emotionally disturb you and the inability to work and not sleep properly gives rise to anxiety and depression ultimately making you prone to workplace accidents. The initial signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring, cessation of breathing during sleep, inability to sleep or abrupt awakenings, shortness of breath, insomnia, daytime sleepiness, lethargy, irritability, difficulty in focus, and morning headaches. The symptoms must be taken seriously since untreated sleep apnea gives rise to various health and heart issues. The extreme conditions developed include high blood pressure that forms a common risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Meanwhile, low testosterone levels may cause erectile dysfunction. Abrupt weight increase also increases the risks of diabetes.
How is Sleep Apnea diagnosed?
The medical history of the person and family is considered to diagnose whether the disturbance in sleep is due to sleep apnea or some other condition. The person is physically examined and evaluated for the potential symptoms. Considering the symptoms, a recommendation is made to see a sleep specialist.
How Sleep Apnea Affects Your Life
Sleep is a critical factor that determines the status of your overall health. Everyone wants to be efficient and active in their daily routine. Sleep apnea is very common and causes people to develop a number of health problems like high blood pressure, headaches, chest pain, memory loss, and low testosterone. Moreover, sleep apnea patients also suffer from emotional disturbances like depression, anxiety, and dizziness. Weight gain is also a prominent problem that sleep apnea patients suffer from. The inactivity and dizziness cause them to gain significant weight which further gives rise to other health conditions.
Sleep apnea declines the overall quality of life. Sleep apnea patients experience a similar reduction in quality of life like hypertension and diabetes patients. Sleepiness forms the major issue. Patients usually feel sleepy during the daytime which makes it extremely difficult for them to manage their work. Lack of sleep causes them to feel the significant emotional burden. It is possible that patients with sleep apnea may eventually fall asleep in rare conditions such as driving a car, on a telephone call, or while watching television. They feel tiresome and unable to participate in social activities. The level of depression and memory issues they face also makes them vulnerable. They find it difficult to maintain their focus and concentration. Their family life becomes disturbed since depression makes it increasingly difficult for them to maintain their relationships and show their engagement in the social activities. Low testosterone levels forms a significant threat to the family life of individuals causing them to suffer emotional pain and depression.
How Sleep Apnea Affects the Heart
Sleep apnea is significantly associated with heart disease. The condition may lead individuals to face severe heart consequences if are not treated promptly. Since they suffer from stopped breathing that is eventual and lasts for a shorter period of times, the lack of oxygen causes body cells to suffer. During this period of time, the activity of heart increases. The heart works harder to compensate for the shortage of oxygen in the bloodstream. Patients with high blood pressure, stroke, and heart failure are often found with the condition of sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea then there are greater chances that you might develop hypertension or stroke in the near future.
How Sleep Apnea Affects the Body
The whole body of sleep apnea patients suffers from stress. Sleep apnea may make their experiences worse not only during the night but also during the daytime. Increased stress in the body due to a shortage of oxygen causes the hormonal system to increase the blood pressure levels. It disrupts how one’s body intakes oxygen which ultimately results to compromise the everyday body functioning. The condition also makes it harder for the brain to regulate the flow of blood through the vessels. Due to these physiological events and lack of sleep, the body feels extra tired during the daytime.
Is Sleep Apnea Reversible?
Sleep apnea is indeed a reversible condition and is most commonly connected with the weight of the patient. Weight gain increases reversibility of sleep apnea. Once the treatment is provided to patients, they gain more energy and lose their weight. Patients may lose as much as 60-70 pounds of weight.
Contact Us to Schedule Your Next Appointment Today
If you’re concerned about sleep apnea, then visit us at Cardinal Park Family Dental Care or call us at 703-779- 2296 for a free consultation.