Sleep is one of the most important parts of our entire day. Every person requires enough sleep to ensure the cells of the body rest after being active throughout the day. This helps them rejuvenate, thereby giving you the energy to wake up and function effectively. But, failing to get quality sleep can leave you feeling tired and sleepy all through the day.
One of the health concerns that deny you enough sleep is sleep apnea. It is a condition that involves the partial or complete blockage of the airway, thereby disallowing you to inhale while asleep. You could be forced to wake up in the middle of sleep due to the inability to breathe. This is quite a traumatizing experience and reduces your quality of sleep by a massive margin.
What causes sleep apnea?
In most cases, sleep apnea is caused due to the blockage of the airway by the collapse of tissues from the roof of the throat. This is called obstructive sleep apnea and is the most common type.
Another cause of sleep apnea is the malfunctioning of the brain when it comes to sending sensory signals to the lungs. While asleep, the brain doesn't signal the lungs to inhale on time. This makes the patient wake up startled in the middle of sleep.
Symptoms of sleep apnea
- Lack of quality sleep
- Persistent pauses in breathing while asleep
- Early morning headaches
- Sore throat
- Bruxism or grinding of teeth during sleep
- Feeling sleepy during daytime
- Reduced tolerance levels
How can sleep apnea be treated?
Dental technology offers suitable and effective treatment solutions to treat sleep apnea. A simple yet effective oral appliance is the mandibular advancement device. It is a custom fabricated oral device that is placed in the mouth by the dentist. It prevents the collapse of the tissues from the roof of the throat, which keeps the opening to the airway open at all times. Moreover, the device brings the lower jaw forward, which widens the opening to the airway and enables easy breathing.
An advanced way of treating sleep apnea is using a CPAP device. It consists of a mask that fits on the patient's face, through which oxygen will be supplied. The mask is connected to a pressurized oxygen cylinder which pumps in just the right amount of oxygen while the patient is asleep. This helps to maintain a positive pressure in the airway, which is how its blockage is prevented.
Learn more about sleep apnea by requesting an appointment with our Concord Dentist. Call our office or request an appointment online.