Restful Sleep with Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep disturbances can have a negative impact on your daily life. With sleep apnea, many patients suffer from uncomfortable symptoms without realizing their sleep has been interrupted, leaving them confused by their fatigue. By speaking with your dentist about your symptoms, you may be able to uncover other telltale symptoms that lead to a diagnosis and effective preventive sleep apnea treatment for solid sleep and an improved daily quality of life.
Understanding Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a disorder that occurs while you sleep. When everything functions properly, your neck muscles remain active during sleep, supporting the tissues that line your throat. However, these muscles may over-relax partially, which allows your throat tissues to come into contact. While you breathe, the tissues vibrate against one another, resulting in the sound you know as snoring. When the muscles relax completely, your throat tissues collapse, which results in blocked air passages. Your brain then recognizes that it is not receiving adequate oxygen and alerts your body to wake up and breathe.
You may wake by making a choking or gasping sound as you struggle to breathe. Because this event happens so quickly, you may not remember its occurrence when you wake up in the morning. In some cases, patients only become aware of the problem when their significant other witnesses the event, which may occur more than once every hour.
Common Signs That You Suffer From Sleep Apnea
The interruption of your sleep most often results in fatigue. Other symptoms include:
- Daily exhaustion
- Extremely loud snoring
- Waking with a sore throat
- Waking with dry mouth
- Trouble concentrating
- Headaches in the morning
Oral Appliance Therapy Will Help
Your dentist may suggest oral appliance therapy for your sleep apnea treatment. You will wear a custom-fitted mouth guard while you sleep. The device will gently reposition your jaw to promote open air passages, so you can enjoy a solid night of sleep. This noninvasive solution is comfortable and drug-free, making it suitable for most patients.