When you think of breathing problems, you probably think of a condition like “asthma.” If you suffer from asthma, you’re probably already well aware. Not every breathing problem is something you experience consciously. In fact, one of the most common breathing issues happens when you’re asleep. Sleep apnea is a condition that affects many adults and prevents them from getting restful, restorative sleep. What makes this condition especially tricky is that those who suffer from it do so as they sleep, so it’s difficult to spot on your own.
Sleep Apnea Is Characterized by a Chronic Snore
Snoring is caused by crowding in your throat. When you sleep, your oral tissues can become relaxed and block your airways. With only a limited opening available, the air traveling through your throat vibrates against the tissue and creates the noise you hear as snoring. Your snore may be an indicator that you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, but it’s far from the most serious part of the condition. The breathing problem created by the blockage results in episodes of apnea. These episodes can jeopardize your health.
Episodes of Apnea, Cause You to Wake Up Hundreds of Times Per Night
Eventually, the blockages in your airways will prevent you from getting the air you need to breathe. When that happens, your body will wake itself up to prevent you from suffocating. This can happen hundreds of times to you throughout the night, preventing you from ever settling into a deep state of restful sleep. You probably won’t even notice the episodes because your body won’t fully awaken each time they occur. Over time this sleep deprivation causes problems like depression, increased blood pressure, and fatigue. Treating your obstructive sleep apnea can allow you to get the sleep your body desperately needs.
An Oral Sleep Appliance Can Treat Sleep Apnea
If you’ve seen the large breathing machines that are sometimes used to treat sleep apnea, you may be intimidated. However, not every case of sleep apnea necessitates complex hardware. Your dentist may be able to treat your obstructive sleep apnea with an oral appliance. This simple oral appliance functions like a mouthguard, and it shifts your jaw slightly. This small movement can open up your airways and prevent your episodes of apnea. Simply wearing the appliance each night may give you the ability to get crucial, restorative sleep.
Talk to the Greenhaven Family Dental Team About Sleep Apnea
If you’re someone with a chronic snore who wakes up feeling sluggish and sleepy despite getting plenty of rest, you may have sleep apnea. Talk to our team at Greenhaven Family Dental. We can diagnose your condition and fabricate an oral appliance to help you get the sleep you need. Schedule an appointment by contacting Greenhaven Family Dental in Baxter, MN at 218-454-0523.