A (Night And) Day In The Life With Untreated Sleep Apnea
If you’ve been told that you snore heavily and often and haven’t thought much of it, you may be affected by a serious sleep disorder and not even know it. Don’t brush off troubles with normal sleep patterns – call Advanced Dental Concepts at 916-945-9985 to book a consultation for an evaluation for a sleep apnea treatment today.
We offer a wide range of services to improve the health and beauty of your smile at our Roseville, CA dentist office, but we don’t stop there. We also have solutions for other problems like TMJ-related troubles and sleep disorders.
If we determine you do have sleep apnea, we will recommend either a custom oral appliance or a CPAP machine. Both devices are designed to open up your airway while you sleep so you can breathe normally.
You may not think that regular, heavy snoring is that big of a deal, but considering you spend about a third of your life snoozing away, disordered sleep can have some pretty serious effects on your overall health. Below, we give an example of what having sleep apnea could be like. Invest in better sleep by visiting us! We accept many payment options for your convenience.
We also offer some early morning hours that many other dentists don’t. We may even be on the clock before you wake in the morning because we open our doors and accept patients as early as 6:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Catch A Glimpse Of How Sleep Apnea Could Affect Your Life
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder characterized by involuntary interruptions in normal breathing during sleep. The severity of your sleeping disorder can range from mild to severe, to the point that you may be totally unaware of it or it could be having a drastic effect on your overall quality of life
If you have severe sleep apnea, your night could look something like this:
- You have trouble going to sleep because one of the side effects can be insomnia
- When you finally do drift off, your neck and throat muscles relax and your tongue shifts back further into your throat, all of which can block your airway
- Your body may try to work harder to get you to breathe, forcing air through the narrowed airway, which causes tissue to vibrate and results in a heavy snoring sound
- Because you are not breathing normally, your body is not getting the oxygen it needs, leading to or worsening a variety of health issues, including heart and circulatory problems
- If you cease breathing for too long, your body may lurch you out of sleep, causing you to wake suddenly gasping for air
- You either snore or have pauses in breathing up to hundreds of times a night
When you wake in the morning, you feel as though you didn’t sleep a single wink. And on top of the tired feeling you have all through your body, your throat is sore and dry because in the intermittent moments when you were asleep, you were snoring heavily.
You have a busy day ahead of you, so you force yourself to crawl out of bed anyway. As soon as you stand up, you realize you have a pounding headache. Maybe you’re a big coffee drinker and you assume it has something to do with that, so you go straight to the kitchen and slug down a cup of joe. It doesn’t get rid of your headache, but at least you’re awake now.
Or, at least, you thought you were until you get in your car to drive to work. You have trouble staying awake, but you lightly slap your cheeks some or stick your arm out into the cold air to jolt your attention some.
When you arrive at work, you have trouble maintaining your focus. You stumble through your day alright, but then your supervisor asks you about a task that’s on deadline today. You totally forgot about the assignment and now have to scramble to complete it.
You can’t wait to get home and get a good night’s rest. But lo and behold, you lay in bed tossing and turning with insomnia again.
If any of the details above are relatable to you, reach out to us for help!
Enjoy better quality sleep and improve your overall health and life as well with a sleep apnea treatment from Advanced Dental Concepts. Call 916-945-9985, visit our conveniently located Roseville, CA dentist office in person during our business hours, or use our handy online form.