A good night’s sleep can make all the difference in your daily routine. It can leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the challenges of the day. But for those suffering from sleep apnea, sleeping soundly through the night can seem nearly impossible. The good news is that it isn’t impossible – a simple oral device from Aesthetic Family Dental of Tinley Park could be the key to finally feeling well-rested.
The first step to getting a good night’s sleep is getting informed.
Often times, snoring and sleep apnea are lumped together. Snoring can be a major symptom of sleep apnea but it can also occur separate from the disorder. Here’s the difference: snoring is merely the sound that comes from tissue vibration in narrow or blocked air passages. Sleep apnea is a disorder that occurs due to an obstruction. The obstruction can be caused when throat muscles relax, a narrow or blocked air passage, enlarged tonsils or tongue, excess tissue, or irregular jaw structure. Another cause of sleep apnea is known as central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.
How can you tell if you have sleep apnea?
Snoring isn’t the only symptom of sleep apnea. Others include fatigue and tiredness during the day, frequent headaches, and even depression. Your partner might notice additional symptoms such as choking or gurgling noises, teeth grinding, or episodes of troubled sleep.
All of these symptoms occur because you aren’t getting proper rest. For those diagnosed with sleep apnea, your brain alerts you to wake up and breathe every time your breathing stops throughout the night. The tricky part is that you might not even realize this sleep-depriving cycle is occurring. Sometimes, people with sleep apnea will think they’ve slept through the night but will frequently experience extreme fatigue during the day.
Is sleep apnea serious?
Sleep apnea can be serious. Aside from causing frustrating feelings of lethargy and depression due to lack of sleep, when left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to more serious conditions including the following: stroke, a weak immune system, memory problems, irritability, cardiovascular disease, sexual dysfunction, prolonged depression, and learning problems.
Is there anything you can do to treat it?
Absolutely. Medical professionals can test for sleep apnea by performing a sleep study during which body signals are monitored and recorded. Treatment for the disorder can be as easy as sleeping with an oral device that will open up airways and give you the solid night’s sleep you need. If you’re experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms of sleep apnea, feel free to contact Dr. Crescenzo at Aesthetic Family Dental of Tinley Park for a consultation.
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