Many adults are dealing with the exhausting effects of sleep apnea, but too often, they don't realize what's causing the problem. Are you one of the 18 million American adults suffering from sleep apnea? If so, you may also be dealing with chronic headaches, fatigue, snoring, depression, and other side effects. You deserve relief and a full night’s sleep, every single night. Dr. Heim can work with your sleep physician for sleep apnea treatment in Glastonbury with a removable oral appliance for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed. If you suffer from chronic snoring in addition to fatigue, irritability, confusion, and the inability to complete everyday tasks, sleep apnea may be to blame.
Chronic snoring is the number one symptom associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The most common form of the condition, OSA occurs when the tongue and lower jaw become relaxed during sleep, partially or completely blocking the airway. Snoring occurs as a result of this blockage, and the sound is persistent and loud enough to seriously affect the partner’s sleep, too. The sufferer will usually wake up with a dry mouth or sore throat after a night of snoring.
Another common symptom of sleep apnea is frequent waking throughout the night. In fact, sleep apnea sufferers may have their sleep interrupted hundreds of times per night. When the brain doesn’t receive the oxygen it needs to function, it sends an emergency signal to the body to wake up. The sufferer usually jerks awake in response -- a side effect usually forgotten by the next morning, but often recognized by the partner.
Obstructive sleep apnea can affect anyone, but there are some risk factors that greatly increase a person’s risk of developing the condition.
The risk factors for sleep apnea include:
As rates of childhood obesity increase in the United States, obstructive sleep apnea is becoming more common in young patients. Children may exhibit poor school performance, irritability, and extreme sleepiness throughout the day.
If you suspect you or a loved one are suffering from sleep apnea, do not wait to seek a diagnosis and treatment. First, consult your medical doctor to determine whether or not your symptoms are related to sleep apnea. They will refer you to a sleep physician or clinic for a test.
If your results indicate mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, and you can not tolerate a CPAP device, a sleep appliance may be the right treatment for you. It’s a small, custom-fitted device that holds the tongue and lower jaw in place throughout the night to open your airway.
Are you still curious about sleep apnea in Glastonbury? If so, you’re in the right place! Dr. Heim and Dr. Carroll want all of their patients to have the information they need to feel confident in their treatment options. That’s why they’ve provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about sleep apnea. Read on to satisfy your curiosity.
Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans; however, it can become truly dangerous if it’s left untreated. Sleep apnea can increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes, and it also raises your blood pressure. Additionally, it can negatively impact certain preexisting health issues you may have, like diabetes. Plus, you’re more likely to have an accident in the car or while operating heavy machinery due to daytime drowsiness.
If you think you may have sleep apnea you need to discuss your concerns with your primary care provider who may refer you to a qualified sleep physician. Any attempt to treat the problem on your own may result in further harm to your health. Sleep health professionals will discuss several factors that can contribute to successful therapy including:
Oral Appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea usually require several weeks of gradual adjustments to avoid unwanted side effects of jaw joint and muscle pain.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a medical disorder, so dental insurance does not cover the cost of oral appliances. Many medical insurance plans cover appliance therapy, however there are specific requirements for coverage. We recommend a predetermination of benefits before beginning treatment.
Untreated Sleep Apnea is a dangerous condition, however sleep apnea is not the most common cause of a poor night’s sleep. Good sleep practices include avoidance of: alcohol, caffeine, late meals or snacks, television or computer screens at bedtime. Good sleep practices include: daily exercise, regular bedtime and waking time, at least 7 hours of sleep for adults, and a cool dark room.