Sleep Apnea - What is Sleep Apnea?
Do you have trouble getting a good night’s rest? Do you feel like when you get up that you never slept? Does your partner tell you that you snore a lot? At Magnolia Modern Dentistry, we see , patients that have what is called sleep apnea. This serious disease is not something that you should ignore, as it could affect your overall health and vitality.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
We see patients that have what is called obstructive sleep apnea. In other words, there is an obstruction in your throat or mouth that interrupts your breathing while you are sleeping. Your brain then wakes you up since you are not breathing, which is what results in the fatigued feeling you may feel each day. Typically, we see patients with extra throat tissue or large tonsils that cause the issue.
Will You Know if You Have Sleep Apnea?
You may suspect that you have sleep apnea, but the only way to know for sure is to undergo a sleep test. If your partner complains about your snoring, you wake yourself up snoring, or you just do not feel rested, you may suspect that you have this disorder. We suggest that you have a sleep test done right away to find out if this is the case.
Sometimes patients find out they have sleep apnea and they had no idea. For example, if you do not have a partner with you in bed, you may not know that you snore. If upon examination, though, our dentists discover that you have large tonsils or excessive tissue, we may ask you questions about your sleep habits that may send up red flags that you have the disorder. Again, the only way to find out for sure is to get proper testing.
How to Treat Sleep Apnea
We want you to know that sleep apnea is not something to fool around with – if you have it you need treatment. We offer several options for our patients, both of which are non-invasive. The first is the CPAP machine. While non-invasive, it is a bit obtrusive. You wear a mask when you go to bed at night that pushes continuous air into your lungs. This ensures that you do not stop breathing while you sleep. Some people are unable to sleep with the mask on though, which leads to our oral appliance therapy.
Oral appliance therapy is like a retainer that you wear to bed at night. The appliance readjusts your jaw so that you do not have tissue in the way when you sleep. Without the snoring or difficulty breathing, both you and your partner should get a better night’s rest. However, you must wear the appliance continually in order for it to work.
If you worry about your risk of having sleep apnea, call Magnolia Modern Dentistry at (530)671-1770 today. Our dentists will help you discover if you have sleep apnea and the type you have. We will then go over treatment options with you to help you get a good and safe night’s rest.