When you think about the word “medicine,” you might think of it as a particular treatment that you administer, like an injection, or a pill you would take. Really, medicine is a practice. It’s an all-encompassing approach to helping you feel and function your best. Medicine can diagnose an issue that your body is having and then offer a way to correct that issue. Have you ever thought about medicine as it pertains to your sleep? If you’re feeling groggy and tired even after getting plenty of sleep, you might be experiencing sleep apnea. Sleep medicine can help you treat this condition and get good rest.

What Is Sleep Apnea, and How Does it Affect You?

Maybe you’ve heard the term “sleep apnea” before. Many people think of it as snoring. While sleep apnea is often characterized by snoring, that’s not all that’s happening as a result of the condition. When you go to sleep, your oral tissues relax. If you have an excess of oral tissue, or depending on the shape and structure of your throat, this relaxed oral tissue may create a blockage. This disrupts your ability to breathe, eventually causing you to wake up. The problem is, you often don’t fully regain consciousness when this happens. You may not even realize that you’re having episodes of apnea.

Waking Up Throughout the Night Disrupts Your Sleep

It’s not just on rare occasions that you’ll experience a disruptive apneatic episode. People with sleep apnea often experience this problem hundreds of times throughout the night. That’s hundreds of disruptions to your sleep — throwing off your cycles and preventing you from ever experiencing deep, restful sleep. The snoring caused by sleep apnea can also disrupt the sleep of your partner or roommate. You may feel irritated, tired, and depressed, and never know why. Sleep apnea might be the culprit.

Treat Sleep Apnea by Working with Your Dentist

There are elaborate, noisy machines that can help you fight sleep apnea, but this cumbersome solution often isn’t necessary. The way to prevent sleep apnea from ruining your night of sleep might be a simple matter of visiting your dentist. Many dentists can outfit you with a custom oral appliance (it looks and feels much like a mouthguard) that you wear during your sleep. The oral appliance shifts your jaw slightly to prevent the collapse of oral tissue — the cause of the blockage. You’ll first need to complete a sleep study to determine whether or not you have the condition.

Treat Your Sleep Apnea at Greenhaven Family Dental

If you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep, you should consider completing a sleep study to determine whether the cause of your problem is sleep apnea. If it is, treat the condition at Greenhaven Family Dental. Our team can evaluate your condition and fit you with a custom oral appliance to help you sleep better. Make your appointment by contacting Greenhaven Family Dental in Baxter, MN at 218-454-0523.