Dallas Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is a condition with potentially deadly consequences. It can result in mental health problems, including depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders. It can cause you to lose motivation, energy, and your ability to concentrate. It can contribute to high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and elevate your risk of stroke and heart attack. But the worst thing about sleep apnea is that most people who suffer from it have no idea they have it, and bear these increased risks without treatment.
Don’t let sleep apnea continue to threaten you or someone you love. Successful treatment can reduce risks, and lead to a dramatically improved quality of life. To learn more about sleep apnea treatment, please call (817) 481-6888 or email Grapevine Dental Care in the Dallas area today.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing stops at night. The most common reason why it stops is because your airway tissues collapse when you sleep, choking off your airway. It can also be caused by a brain disorder in which your brain stops telling the body to breathe.
In either case, when your brain senses an oxygen shortage, it forces you to awaken somewhat to resume breathing. You may not come to full wakefulness, but it’s enough to disrupt your sleep. If you do come to full wakefulness, you will likely think it was due to another cause (such as having to go to the bathroom). Although people with sleep apnea may awaken hundreds of times a night, most are unaware of the reason why they do not feel they are getting enough rest.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Because the sleep apnea events occur during sleep, you have to look for other symptoms to determine whether you suffer from sleep apnea. Some things to look for include:
- Waking up feeling unrested
- Waking up with a headache
- Having a sore throat or dry mouth when you wake up
- Daytime sleepiness
- Lack of motivation
- Low energy
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering
- Emotional changes or mood swings
- Diagnosis of one or more of the following conditions:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Coronary artery disease
- Heat Attack
- Car Accidents
This self-administered test is used to determine your level of daytime sleepiness which can be caused by sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
There are many ways to treat sleep apnea, and all are capable of reducing your risks. Unfortunately, the only one commonly prescribed is CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), in which an air mask is placed over your mouth and nose, of just over your nose. This mask is attached to a pump that forces air into your airway to keep it open and keep you supplied with air throughout the night.
Although CPAP is effective, many people find it uncomfortable and inconvenient. Other sleep apnea treatments may work better for many people.
Oral appliance therapy is just a small mouthpiece, like a sports mouthguard, that you put in your mouth before going to sleep. It holds your jaw in a position that helps keep your airway open. Because your jaw is the only bone tissue that really supports your airway, this can be very effective.
People are also encouraged to try lifestyle treatments. Sleep apnea may be caused by obesity, so losing weight can help. Avoiding alcohol in the evening and reducing allergens can also reduce the severity of your sleep apnea.