Remember when you could stay up all night and not be any worse for wear the next day? Chances are, those days are long gone; there are few things are precious, refreshing, and necessary as a good night’s rest. However, if you find that despite your best efforts to get the shuteye you need, you’re tired all the time, it’s possible that you could benefit from sleep apnea treatment in Livonia. But how can you know for sure if you’re suffering from this condition?
Sleep Apnea — What It Is
The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) It’s a condition wherein the soft tissue in your mouth, such as the tongue or palate, relaxes too much while you’re snoozing. It then blocks the airway, causing you to stop breathing for short periods of time throughout the night.
OSA is a big deal. It can make your productivity suffer, negatively affect your reaction time while you’re driving, and contribute to serious health problems, including diabetes, weight gain, and cardiovascular disease.
Some symptoms of OSA include:
- Loud snoring
- Waking up abruptly and gasping for air
- A dry mouth or sore throat in the morning
- Waking up with a headache
- Mood swings
- Trouble concentrating
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
Getting an Official Diagnosis
If you suspect that you have OSA, it’s important that you get an official diagnosis so you can receive treatment. Your physician may refer you to a sleep lab, where you’ll spend a night hooked up to a machine that will monitor your breathing. Some doctors offer a take-home sleep test, where you’ll get to borrow a monitoring machine for a night and then bring it back the next day to get your results.
The severity of your OSA depends on how many times you stop breathing per hour:
- 5 to 14 times indicates mild
- 15 to 29 times indicates moderate
- More than 30 times indicates severe
Your doctor might recommend that you start using a CPAP machine, which continually forces air into your mouth and throat during the night, ensuring that you continue breathing. However, many people find that these machines are uncomfortable and awkward.
If you have mild to moderate OSA, you might simply need a Snoreguard. Your dentist in Livonia can design this custom oral appliance for you; it will gently reposition your jaw at night, thereby opening up your airway so you can get the Zs you deserve. It is a more convenient, comfortable, and portable option than a CPAP machine.
Feeling a little tired lately? Sleep apnea treatment might be what you need to feel like a brand new you!
About Livonia Family Dentistry
The team of dentists, hygienists, and other staff members at Livonia Family Dentistry is passionate, not just about their patients’ teeth, but also about their patients’ overall well-being. If you would like to find out if a dental appliance can help you sleep easier at night, please contact us at 734-890-5443.