Do you find yourself feeling tired during the daytime? Do you snore loudly or wake up in the middle of the night breathless? If you are experiencing any of these concerns, it could be sleep apnea. This sleep disorder is more prevalent among men but can also take place in women, especially after menopause. At Dental Arts of Boston, MA, we understand the complications of sleep apnea and offer customized treatment plans to suit your condition.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a chronic sleep disorder that affects your breathing and awakens you abruptly. It is a condition during which your breathing stops recurrently during sleep. Every time you stop breathing, the oxygen levels go down and activate your brain. As a result, you wake up instinctively to restart proper breathing. Most patients will not take notice of this condition and go back to sleep immediately. The constant disruptions can affect your sleep quality, making you feel sleepy throughout the day.
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Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- You may feel sleepy during daytime
- You may have severe headaches in the mornings
- You can awake to gasp for air during sleep
- You may stop breathing during sleep
- You may snore loudly during sleep
- It may cause insomnia
- You may awaken from your sleep with a dry mouth.
- You will have difficulty paying attention while awake, leading to irritability
What Lifestyle Changes Should You Make?
The solutions to treat sleep apnea will depend on the cause and severity of symptoms. The main focus of sleep apnea treatments will be to normalize breathing during sleep and address any underlying health conditions. The first vital step to normalize breathing will be to incorporate lifestyle modifications such as:
- Develop healthy sleeping habits
- Limit alcohol consumption and quit smoking.
- Consume a healthy diet.
- Exercise regularly.
- Loss your excessive weight.
- Sleep on your abdomen or sides instead of your back
Oral Appliances Treatment
After confirming your sleep apnea diagnosis, we may recommend an oral appliance. These appliances can help ease mild to moderate sleep apnea symptoms. They look and function similar to a mouthguard. When you wear it during sleep, it prevents the obstruction of the airway. They work to keep the lower jawbone forward during sleep. This shifting of the jawbone moves the tongue away from the back of the throat, minimizing the chances of obstruction.
We fabricate, fit, adjust, monitor, and address complications associated with oral appliance therapy at our office. This therapy is based on scientific evidence, and it is an excellent remedy to attempt before moving on to more complex breathing devices. We will recommend surgery as a last option.
To learn more about sleep apnea treatments, visit our Dental Arts of Boston office at 26 Marlborough St Dental Suite, Boston MA, 02116. You can also reach us at (617) 266-0441 and schedule an appointment.