It should come as no surprise to hear that you really do need your rest. Routinely getting a sound night’s sleep is essential to maintaining your overall health and wellness.
However, those normal sleep sessions won’t be happening for you if you are afflicted with with sleep apnea. Instead, you’ll be disturbed on a subconscious level by breathing stoppages which can happen dozens if not hundreds of times every night.
The crazy thing is that millions of Americans suffer from this sleep disorder, and only about half of those folks are aware that they have it. That’s why, in today’s post, we wanted to explore the common symptoms of sleep apnea and how our doctors at Nashua Family Dentistry can help you treat it.
Keep reading, but please call us at 603-546-7460 today if you or someone you love seems to be wrestling with this sleep disorder. Our sleep dentistry team in Nashua, NH is ready to help.
The Telltale Signs
Sleep apnea can adversely impact your life in a variety of ways. Here are some of the most common symptoms to be on the lookout for:
- Aggressive, near-constant snoring
- Feeling like you are gasping for air
- Waking up with a headache or an extra-dry mouth
- Feeling irritable or easily angered
- Daytime sleepiness and lack of focus
Remember, if you have sleep apnea, it could be that your spouse, partner, children, or roommate may be the first to notice that something is amiss.
Here’s what happens: as you drift off to sleep, your airway becomes constricted as your muscles relax. This allows soft tissues to collapse into or cover your airway. This amplifies the sound of your snoring, that is, until your airway closes to a point when you can no longer breath.
At that point, your body will force you awake so you can breathe again. Often this occurrence is so brief that you have no recollection of it the next day. Patients with severe sleep apnea can experience this 30 times or more every hour that they are asleep.
Unfortunately, because of the ruckus caused by these regular interruptions, you will never truly get the deep sleep you need. Among other things, this can leave you feeling sleep-deprived, which can seep into your work performance, your attitude at home, and your ability to pay attention while driving.
You’ll Want To Breathe Easy
Overcoming sleep apnea is really a matter of finding something that will help you keep breathing through the night. A lot of folks will try using a CPAP machine. Truth be told, these can be very effective when used properly.
That said, as many as half of all CPAP user don’t use them like they should. Many give up on them altogether because they are unable to tolerate the mask, or they can’t sleep because of the sound of the machine, or they simply can’t stand the feeling of air being rammed into their airway.
The good news is that we can offer an alternative sleep apnea treatment that many patients find easier to use. In our office, we can create an oral appliance that will hold your jaw slightly forward. This can keep your airway open, which allows you to continue breathing so you can get the deep sleep your body craves.
A Better Night’s Rest Awaits
If you are ready to take back your life, the oral health professionals here at Nashua Family Dentistry are ready to get to work. For starters, we can examine your mouth, evaluate your symptoms, and can even help you set up a take-home sleep study, if need be. By collaborating with a sleep physician, we can figure out if you do in fact have sleep apnea and what kind of treatment would best suit your needs.