3 Facts About Sleep Apnea You Should Know
A few weeks ago a patient came to our Roseville, CA dental office for a dental cleaning and was talking about his lack of sleep and tendency to snore loudly. The problem bothered his wife, as you might imagine. But beyond that, the patient hadn’t even considered that something more serious was going on. He had no idea that his condition was actually a form of sleep apnea that was putting him at risk of a host of medical problems.
Sleep apnea is a serious problem that can affect multiple aspects of your health. But it doesn’t have to control your life. Advanced Dental Concepts is a leader in providing solutions for patients of all dental complications. That means preventing dental problems, fixing dental problems, and then treating issues like sleep apnea. If you have problems sleeping, understand that our dental office can help. You can call us today at 916-945-9985. And today we want to run through a few facts you need to know about sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea isn’t just simple snoring
People often assume that snoring is the same as sleep apnea. Snoring is one sign. Sleep apnea occurs when you experience lapses in breathing during sleep. People with severe sleep apnea can experience as many as 30 pauses in breathing every hour. So, they’re waking up hundreds of times a night. There are two forms of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway is blocked during sleep, and it’s the most common type of sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to send signals to the lungs to breathe during sleep.
Sleep apnea is a major health problem
You read above that sleep apnea causes pauses in breathing, and that’s a major problem. Sleep apnea increases your risk for a stroke by three times, and it’s possible to die from sleep apnea complications. Reggie White, a former NFL star, died at 43 from a heart attack attributed to the effects of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea directly affects your overall health because it increases your blood pressure. During every episode, your blood pressure will rise, and that blood pressure can stay elevated throughout the day and take a toll on your heart and body.
Sleep apnea also leads to restless sleeping. If you have sleep apnea, you can sleep for eight hours or longer and still feel exhausted. Not getting enough leads to constant fatigue and disrupts your metabolism, which can increase your risk of problems like weight gain and diabetes.
You Might Not Need a CPAP Machine
Whenever you think of sleep apnea treatment, you might think about the CPAP machine. The CPAP includes a hose, mask, and machine, and its purposes is to constantly push air into lungs during sleep. The CPAP keeps you breathing throughout the night and reduces your risk for the serious health problems associated with sleep apnea. The CPAP is considered the gold standard of treatment, but it’s now not the only way to treat your problems. The problem with the CPAP, while extremely effective, it’s compliance rate is about 50 percent. Patients often find the CPAP cumbersome, and it can disrupt the bed partner.
If you have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, we can likely treat your issues with a comfortable oral appliance. The ora appliance moves the lower jaw forward to keep the airways open during sleep. A bonus is that the oral appliance is easy to use, comfortable, and does not disrupt your sleep partner. It’s also easy to travel with!
Resolve Your Sleep Issues Today
If you’re struggling with sleep problems, you need to visit our Roseville CA dental office to assess your issues. You might be a candidate for an oral appliance that will instantly improve your quality of sleep, reduce your snoring, and reduce your sleep apnea risks. Give us a call today at 916-945-9985 to book an appointment.