You lead a busy life. To help you function at your best, getting enough sleep every night is a must. If you find yourself waking up just as tired, if not more so than when you went to bed, and you are having trouble thinking clearly, you might be suffering from sleep apnea. National Dental Douglaston can help.
What Happens When You Don't Sleep?When you fail to get adequate sleep night after night, it can begin to take its toll. Not only are you exhausted throughout the day, but you are also unable to perform at your best. Your judgment is clouded, and you may feel irritable. Your health is also in jeopardy. Poor sleep can lead to anxiety, depression, high blood pressure and more.
What is Sleep Apnea?Sleep apnea is a condition that affects your sleep. You stop breathing for several seconds (sometimes as long as a minute and a half), which causes you to wake up, whether you are aware of it or not. Known as apneic events, your normal sleep cycles could be disrupted more than 30 times a night. It's no wonder you wake up feeling like you never slept.
There are a few different causes of sleep apnea. The first is due to a blockage of the throat. This can be from your tongue or excess tissue sliding back as a result of your jaw muscles relax. Apneic events can occur as the result of a lack of communication between your brain and the muscles that control your breathing. Alternatively, it can be a combination of these two factors.
How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?If you notice symptoms such as excessive daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, irritability and high blood pressure, you may have sleep apnea. However, only a trained sleep professional can tell you for sure. At National Dental, we work with an extensive network of world class sleep professionals, who can diagnose your sleep issues and help you to manage them.
Treating Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliance TherapySome patients are prescribed a C-PAP machine, which is bulky and can be difficult to use. For mild to moderate sleep apnea, National Dental can offer you oral appliance therapy. An oral appliance is a device meant as an alternative to the C-PAP that will prevent the occurrence of apneic events.
As you sleep, your muscles relax, including the muscles in and around your mouth. Your jaw slides back, which allows your tongue and other tissues to block your throat. The oral appliance is made from a mold of your mouth and fits over your teeth. It holds your jaw in place, preventing it from sliding back.
While you can go out and buy a mouth guard from your local drug store, it is essential that you have a custom fit device. Mouth guards that you pick up off the shelf can put your jaw in a harmful position, and create even worse problems. Our oral appliances are custom fit, and FDA approved to get you the proper sleep you need and deserve.
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If disrupted sleep is affecting your ability to think and function, sleep apnea may be the culprit. Contact National Dental's Sleep Department at (516) 208-4276 for more information.