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If you suffer from or live with someone who suffers from chronic snoring, you are not alone. According to statistics, roughly half of an estimated 90 million chronic snorers in the United States may be suffering from a form of sleep apnea, a disorder which causes people to momentarily stop breathing while they sleep. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sleep apnea can go undiagnosed for years and can increase the risk for serious health complications like high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, discover how your dentist may be able to help you manage this condition.
Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- Chronic snoring
- Visible pauses in breathing while sleeping (observed by another person)
- Gasping for air or coughing after pauses in breathing
- Waking up with headaches, sore throat or dry mouth
- Daytime sleepiness and exhaustion
- Mood, memory and concentration problems
Once a person has been diagnosed by a sleep specialist, a dentist can work with your primary care doctor to provide treatment using an oral appliance. An oral appliance helps to keep the airway open and regulate breathing during sleep. Dr. Sandra Eleczko, a dentist in Livonia, NY and serving Geneseo and the surrounding areas, offers this treatment option for patients suffering from sleep apnea.
Treatment and Relief From Your Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea and results when the muscles in the back of the throat relax during sleep, blocking the airway and interrupting the flow of oxygen in the airway. Because medical conditions like diabetes and being obese or excessively overweight can increase the risk of developing sleep apnea, management and treatment plans often include lifestyle modifications like weight loss. Traditional treatment options include CPAP, however, many people are not able to tolerate this machine or forget to wear it at night.
Dr. Eleczko offers oral appliance therapy to treat and manage the effects of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). An oral appliance works by repositioning the jaw allowing the airways to remain open and unobstructed during sleep.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, contact the office of Dr. Eleczko, a dentist in Livonia, NY and serving Geneseo and the surrounding communities by calling (585) 346-2320 to schedule a consultation today.
Approximately 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a common condition characterized by the cessation of breathing during sleep, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. Furthermore, an astonishing 20 percent of people who have moderate to severe sleep apnea may not even know they have it. As a result, many people who need to visit their Livonia dentist, Sandra J. Eleczko D.D.S., for treatment have not and probably won't anytime soon.
Could you be one of the millions of Americans suffering from sleep apnea without even realizing it? If so, it is time to check the signs and seek treatment if needed. Just because you don't remember waking up in the night doesn't mean you don't. Here are three other common sleep apnea signs that warrant a call to your Livonia dentist Dr. Eleczko.
1. Loud Snoring
While not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, those who do have sleep apnea typically snore. This snoring isn't a subtle, light snoring, either. Individuals with sleep apnea often snore quite loudly. If your spouse, family members or roommates have complained that your snoring is obsessive or obnoxious, sleep apnea may be to blame.
2. Persistent Tiredness
Do you ever feel like you can't get enough sleep no matter how early you go to bed or how late you sleep in? If so, sleep apnea may be to blame. It is difficult if not impossible to get enough sleep and feel well-rested when you are waking up multiple times every night, even if you go back to sleep right away.
A little tiredness is enough to make anyone grouchy, but miss out on sleep night after night and it won't be long until you find yourself growing increasingly irritable. If you find yourself losing your patience, growing angry or snapping at others more often than you should, a lack of sleep caused by sleep apnea may be the problem.
While these three signs do not always point to sleep apnea, they can be major indicators of the condition, especially if they are combined with waking up or ceasing to breathe during the middle of the night.
If you think you may have or be at risk for sleep apnea, don't just ignore your symptoms and hope they go away. Call your Livonia dentist Dr. Eleczko and set up an appointment for a sleep evaluation today. You may just be amazed at how much better you feel once you receive the proper diagnosis and treatment and can sleep easier once again.
Getting enough sleep is necessary for good health. We all know how energetic we feel when we are sleeping well at night. Yet, many of us do not feel rested, even after seven or eight hours of sleep. Let's answer some common questions about snoring and sleep apnea, problems that are often called sleep related breathing disorders (SRBD).
What is the purpose of sleep?
Scientists know we need sleep, at a particularly deep level, to be rested, but they are not sure why we need sleep. Sleep may have evolved as a way to conserve energy in the body, to conserve food supplies, or to reduce our risk during darkness. Sleep appears to give the brain a chance to store and organize its information and the body a chance to recuperate. Sleep studies have shown that in order to get the full benefits of sleep we need to sleep long and deeply enough to enter into a series of sleep cycles including Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and Non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM) sleep.
What kinds of problems get in the way of the type of sleep we need?
There are eight main categories of sleep disorders, but the ones affecting the largest numbers of people are insomnia, SRBD, and Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders. SRBDs include snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which is a serious health problem.
How do I know if I have OSA or another SRBD?
Often, your bed-partner will tell you that you snore. Chronic loud snoring is an indicator of OSA. To make a diagnosis your physician must take a thorough sleep and medical history. The diagnosis may then be confirmed by a study in a sleep lab.
What causes sleep apnea or OSA?
Snoring and OSA happen when your tongue and other soft tissues in the back of your throat collapse backwards and block airflow through your upper airway or windpipe. You may briefly awaken as many as 50 times per night because of these breathing lapses. These brief awakenings, called micro-arousals, keep you from reaching the deep stage of sleep your body needs.
What are the treatments for sleep apnea?
Treatments include CPAP therapy, in which patients wear a mask while sleeping. The mask pushes air through the airway, keeping it open. In Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) patients wear a device that moves the lower jaw forward, allowing more room for air to move down the airway. Oral surgical procedures and orthodontic approaches also have the goal of moving the tongue away from the throat. These are all treatments that can be carried out by a dentist who has training and experience in treatment of sleep disorders.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about sleep disorders and their treatments. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Sleep Disorders and Dentistry” and “Sleep Apnea Frequently Asked Questions.”