Is Sleep Apnea Keeping You Up At Night?
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts throughout the night. People suffering from sleep apnea are often unaware that these episodes are occurring.
There are two types of sleep apnea: central and obstructive. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to send signals to the body to breathe. Central sleep apnea must be treated by a medical specialist.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when there is a physical block to the flow and is more common, affecting one in five Americans. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly and you feel tired throughout the day even if you feel you had full night of sleep. Left untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
Other signs of sleep apnea are:
- Daytime fatigue
- Morning headaches
- Loud snoring
- Increased heart rate
Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea:
After being diagnosed with sleep apnea from a medical doctor, several types of treatments may be utilized. The gold standard treatment for moderate to severe cases is the CPAP. If the CPAP is intolerable an appliance can be made which is worn throughout the night. The appliance keeps the lower jaw in a forward position to allow a consistent flow of air to the body during sleep. Please contact the office to discuss what steps we can take to improve your sleep and overall health.