Your phone keeps ringing and you know exactly who it is. You and your friends were supposed to meet up for brunch today at Yolk. You went to bed at a decent hour, but when you woke up it felt like you hadn’t slept at all. They are obviously wondering why you are late, but you can’t muster up the energy to even pick up the phone, let alone start getting ready. This happens all the time and it makes life so much more difficult. Why can’t you sleep like everyone else?
The reason may be because you have sleep apnea. This is a serious condition that affects millions of Americans every night. If you are suffering from sleep apnea in Dallas, Dr. Anna Wilson and Dr. Eugene Dahl can help get you the treatment you need.
Sleep Apnea and You
Whenever you lay down to go to sleep, the soft tissue in your mouth and throat relaxes. Sometimes your breathing can cause this tissue to vibrate, and this is what causes snoring. For people who suffer from sleep apnea, this tissue can actually block their airway for 10 seconds or more. This can happen many times over the course of the night and is tremendously stressful on the body. It does not always wake a person up, but they usually feel its effects in the morning. This loss of breathing during sleep can also be caused neurologically. Sleep apnea can also be brought on by your brain not sending the right signals for you to breathe during the night. Some common signs of sleep apnea:
- Consistently exhausted
- Morning headaches
- Loud snoring
- Sore throat or dry mouth upon waking
Sleep apnea has also been shown to increase a person’s risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Sleep is essential for your overall health, so sleep apnea needs to be treated effectively in order for you to live a normal and healthy life.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
You may be wondering, “What can my dentist near me do about my sleep apnea?”
One of the most often prescribed treatments for sleep apnea is a CPAP machine. This works by having a patient wear a mask that is connected to a machine that continually pumps air into them, preventing their airway from becoming blocked. While this helps many patients, it does not work for everyone. My people find the CPAP machine loud and uncomfortable.
Your dentist in Dallas can now offer a viable alternative with oral appliance therapy. This would involve you wearing a small oral device, like a mouthguard, to bed every evening. This would alleviate your sleep apnea by slightly adjusting your jaw so that your airway cannot become blocked. Every oral appliance is custom made for each patient. They are made from a strong and flexible polymer, assuring that they are not only durable, but comfortable as well. Patients can usually drink and talk normally while wearing their oral appliance. They have been show to increase the sleep quality for 95% of the people who wear them consistently.
Oral appliances are typically best for patients who have mild to moderate sleep apnea. However, they can also be paired with a CPAP machine to help patients with severe sleep apnea. This can help people who may not be responsive to either method on its own. The best part about oral appliances is that they are so customizable that they can always be made to suit your situation.
If you are struggling with sleep apnea, you’ll find no better care than with the Dallas Center for Oral Health and Wellness. If you have any questions about how we can help you sleep restfully tonight, please give us a call today.