- Does the clock say you are getting enough sleep but your body says something else?
- Are you getting to bed at an early hour, but wake up feeling like you hardly slept?
- Have you been told you have a serious snoring problem, but you can’t believe it, because how could you be snoring when it feels like you didn’t even sleep?
Those questions reveal the answer to your problem — you may have sleep apnea! Sleep apnea is not just an annoyance that you handle during the day with a triple shot latte and at night with sleeping pills. Sleep apnea is not something to be ignored or dealt with using over-the-counter medications. It’s a condition that will interfere with all aspects of your life, day and night. Read on to see how the team of dentists at Sacramento’s Marconi Dental Group can help diagnose and treat your sleep apnea.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea happens when the shape of your air passages and tongue leads to your airways being blocked during sleep. Blocked airways means less oxygen, which causes your body to wake up, often hundreds of time a night. So not only are you not getting enough oxygen, your important dream phase sleep (REM) periods are constantly interrupted. It’s no wonder you’re so tired, even after what seems like enough time in bed!
Symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- drowsiness during the daytime,
- the sensation that you never get a good night’s sleep,
- snoring or choking while sleeping,
- lack of REM sleep or dreaming.
Testing for sleep apnea involves an integrated approach with your medical doctor and the professionals at the Marconi Dental Group. With the help of Dr. Alizadeh, your doctor arranges for you to receive sleep testing, to determine if you have apnea episodes. This may be done at home or at a sleep clinic. If these tests show you have a sleeping disorder, dental treatments may give you the sleep-filled nights you need to function well during the day.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
You may know about a treatment for sleep apnea called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. This method uses a device that forces air through the nasal passages during sleep, but reports show that sixty percent of sleep apnea sufferers stop using this treatment after one year, usually because they find it uncomfortable. This would put a person back in the dangerous condition they had been in before — lack of oxygen coupled with a lack of essential REM sleep.
Dental science has developed a convenient appliance that restores free breathing without requiring attachment to machines at night. Internal Medicine News states that such oral appliances are more effective than surgery or over-the-counter-products for treating sleep apnea. Only used during sleep, it simply pulls the lower jaw forward, preventing your tongue from falling back and blocking oxygen. Mark Friedman, DDS and professor of Clinical Dentistry at the University of Southern California states: “For some people, it changes their life instantly. They wake up feeling good and can spend the day not having to sleep. Their spouse will sleep with them again. Their blood pressure goes down and it probably increases their longevity.”
Solving your sleep apnea problem for good begins with a visit to the Marconi Dental Group. What could be better than a good night’s sleep, improved health, less snoring and a rested mind? So toss the sleeping pills, snoring aids and daytime coffee runs and replace them with the restful sleep you need! Visit the Marconi Dental Group to see if we have a solution for your sleep apnea.