Do you feel tired when you wake up even after a good night’s sleep? You could have sleep apnea. It is estimated that around 22 million Americans deal with sleep apnea, and many don’t even know they have it. This disorder occurs when your breathing is interrupted during sleep, and it can happen hundreds of times. Keep reading to learn more about this disorder and whether you need sleep apnea treatment in Lansing.
What is Sleep Apnea?
There are two types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): The most common form of sleep apnea, OSA, is caused by a blockage of your airway, usually when the soft tissue in your throat collapses during sleep.
- Central sleep apnea: With central sleep apnea, your airways aren’t blocked at all, but the brain has trouble signaling your muscles to breathe due to instability in the respiratory control center.
What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
It’s important to identify any sleep apnea symptoms, so you can start getting the treatment you need for a better night’s sleep. For both types of sleep apnea, you may notice symptoms like:
- Loud snoring
- Waking up with a very dry or sore throat
- Being woken up by choking or gasping
- Lack of energy
- Morning headaches
- Restless sleep
- Recurrent awakenings
- Changes in mood and lack of sex drive
Are there Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age, but your risk of this disorder increases if you have any of the following attributes:
- You’re male
- You’re overweight
- You’re over the age of 40
- You have a large neck size (16 inches or more for women and 17 inches or more for men)
- You have sleep apnea history in your family
- You have a large tongue, large tonsils, or small jawbone
- You have a nasal obstruction like a deviated septum
How is Sleep Apnea Treated?
With Your Dentist
Thankfully, your dentist in Lansing can expertly treat sleep apnea with a nonsurgical oral appliance. You’ll wear a custom-made mouthpiece that brings your chin forward to improve airflow and get rid of your sleep apnea and snoring problems.
For more mild cases of sleep apnea, you may be able to improve your sleep by doing some of the following:
- Weight loss
- Stop smoking
- Avoid alcohol and sleep medication
- Avoid sleeping on your back
Your sleep apnea won’t go away naturally, so you should make sure you’re getting the treatment you need to get your good night’s sleep back. Who knew a dentist could help you sleep? Contact your local dental practice for a better night of counting sheep.
Meet the Dentist
A graduate of the University of Michigan Dental School and a Michigan native, Dr. John J. Hagerty loves providing quality care for the patients in his community. He’s seen first hand how sleep apnea can affect patients’ daily lives, which is why he provides sleep apnea therapy. He currently practices at Lansing Elite Dental, and he can be contacted through his website or by phone at (517) 886-9696 for any questions.