There are so many factors that determine the quality of your sleep. You can try to control many of them, but some of them are beyond your reach. Your activity level for the day, the stimulants you consume, your diet, the amount of sleep you get — you have some control over these factors. However, even when you carefully lineup ideal conditions for your sleep schedule, things can still get derailed. Sleep apnea is a condition that affects many adults. Often associated with snoring, sleep apnea disrupts sleep for everyone involved.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Causes Disruptions in Breathing
The symptom that most people with sleep apnea show is snoring. The noise that comes from snoring is due to a blockage in the respiratory airways. Obstructive sleep apnea (the most common form of the condition) is caused by the relaxation of oral tissue during sleep. This tissue can block the flow of air to your lungs eventually causing you to wake up (because you’re suffocating!). You may not even become fully conscious and realize that this has happened to you. Apneatic episodes can occur hundreds of times throughout the night.
Sleep Apnea Derails Your Evening and Comes with Health Risks
All of those disruptions to your sleep have consequences. You never fully achieve the state of deep sleep that you need to recover. Plus, the snoring can keep your partner awake, throwing off their sleep schedule. While a chronic lack of sleep can make it hard to focus during the day, there are other health ramifications associated with sleep apnea as well. The lack of sleep over time can increase your risk for high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease.
Your Dentist Can Diagnose and Treat Sleep Apnea
If you have sleep apnea, you’ll want to know about it! Obstructive sleep apnea isn’t a condition you (and your partner) have to suffer through. Your dentist can actually diagnose and treat sleep apnea. You’ll first need to complete a sleep study so that your dentist can determine whether or not you actually have the condition (not everyone who snores has sleep apnea). Often, your dentist can design and fabricate a custom-fit sleep appliance (like a mouthguard) that you wear at night to help keep your airways open.
Talk to the Dental Team at Greenhaven About Sleep Apnea Treatment
You won’t know whether you have sleep apnea or not until you talk to a health professional. If you’re tired of having your sleep derailed by snoring, it’s time to consult your dentist. Dr. Roberts and the Greenhaven team are happy to discuss apnea and potential solutions for you. Bring it up during your next appointment, or schedule a consultation by contacting Greenhaven Family Dental in Baxter, MN at 218-454-0523.