Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that can cause widespread health issues. Many people suffer from sleep apnea for years before they are properly diagnosed.
This medical condition is characterized by frequent interruptions in your breathing during sleep. The most common type of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when the muscles in your throat relax and partially block your airways during sleep.
A less common type is called central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain fails to send the proper signals to the muscles tasked with controlling your breathing.
Knowing what to look for can help you decide when to seek a diagnostic assessment for sleep apnea. For many people, the first indication they have sleep apnea is complaints from their sleep partner about loud snoring.
Additional symptoms of sleep apnea include:
If you experience these changes, schedule an appointment for a sleep apnea evaluation. There are treatments that can help you and your partner get the sleep you need to thrive.
Oral appliances offer a great way to improve airflow during sleep and eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea. These devices are worn in the mouth while you sleep, and they work to change the position of your jaw to create a more open airway.
Hamada Family Dentistry offers several options. Custom-fitted oral devices are comfortable to wear and will soon become a normal part of your bedtime routine. Some of the brands available from the practice include SomnoMedⓇ, ProSomnusⓇ, and the OASYS Oral/Nasal Airway System™. Finding the right option for your specific set of needs begins with a thorough assessment.
Lifestyle modifications can also go a long way toward reducing sleep apnea symptoms. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, getting treatment for certain medical conditions, and quitting smoking can all help you get sufficient nightly rest.
To explore these options in greater detail, call the office to set up a personalized consultation. Online booking is also available and takes just moments to complete.