March 14, 2018
Did you know that sleep apnea affects millions of people every day? Not only can it dramatically affect your sleep quality, but it can put you at greater risk of heart disease and reduce your ability to remember information you gained throughout the day. However, you don’t need to suffer insufficient sleep any longer once you pursue treatment.
With help from your dentist, who can provide unique oral appliances to treat your sleep apnea, you can get back to getting a quality night of sleep and avoid the long-term risks associated with sleep apnea. To start, here are a few signs that you should seek treatment for sleep apnea in Fremont.
You’re Always Tired, Even After a Full Night of Sleep
Are you familiar with the REM (rapid-eye-movement) stage of sleep? This form of sleep is needed in order for your body to regenerate cells properly. It’s also the stage needed to retain information that you gained the previous day, so missing out on REM sleep can be detrimental to your energy levels the following day.
Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing for a brief period of time but your body’s emergency responses will keep you from suffocating. However, this means your body is always being pushed into a lighter stage of sleep, preventing you from achieving the deep sleep that your body needs. To avoid feeling groggy and fatigued throughout your day, you’ll need to seek treatment.
You Wake Up to Use the Bathroom Often
If your body is always waking you up to jumpstart breathing, you may find yourself using the bathroom more often in the middle of the night. This is because the body produces a hormone that increases urination during this response. Keep in mind that this issue alone is not always related to sleep apnea. However, if it occurs in tandem with either of the two more common signs mentioned, tell your dentist.
Your Partner Says You Snore Loudly or Gasp in Your Sleep
One of the largest signs of sleep apnea is loud snoring or gasping while sleeping. Loud snoring occurs because the airway is being blocked, preventing air from properly passing in and out of your mouth. Additionally, if you sleep with a partner and they hear you gasp and wake up, it’s most likely your body doing its best to keep you breathing, despite the airway being blocked.
What Treatments Should You Consider?
There are two main treatments available for patients with sleep apnea:
- CPAP Machine – This is considered the gold-standard for sleep apnea treatment. The machine is designed to push air directly into the patient’s mouth, allowing you to gain a full night of sleep.
- Oral Appliance – This nightguard is custom-fitted for your mouth and works by moderately shifting the lower jaw forward. This widens the airway behind the tongue, allowing for more air to travel through.
Tired of being so tired all the time? Schedule an appointment with your dentist today and get diagnosed!
About the Author
Dr. James Block is proud to follow in his father and grandfather’s footsteps when it comes to providing high-quality dental care to the Fremont community. With his prescription oral appliances, he can help treat and manage any issues you have with sleep apnea effectively. To learn more about treatment options or about his practice, contact him at (510) 793-0801 or visit his website.
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