Do you suffer from chronic snoring? Do you feel tired throughout the day? You may be experiencing symptoms of a serious sleep disorder that affects over 12 million Americans. In today’s blog, your Livonia dentist, Dr. James Stewart, discusses the causes of sleep apnea and how to treat this common sleep issue.
Symptoms and Causes of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea, known as OSA, occurs when soft tissue in the back of the throat blocks airflow during sleep. Deprived of oxygen, the brain then wakes the patient up to start the breathing process. For patients with sleep apnea, this cycle happens hundreds of times every night. Snoring is the most common symptom of sleep apnea. Patients also report daytime drowsiness, depression, irritability, and an inability to focus.
Health Risks of Sleep Apnea
If left untreated, sleep apnea increases the risk of a myriad of medical conditions. Patients elevate their chances of high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, and depression. Sufferers of sleep apnea also see an increased likelihood of falling asleep at the wheel and being involved in an accident.
Often, Dr. Stewart may recommend simple lifestyle changes to address your sleep apnea. Obesity frequently leads to sleep apnea, so try to lose weight and get in shape. Avoid caffeine and alcohol in the four hours before bed. Maintain a regular sleep schedule, waking and going to bed at the same times everyday, even on holidays. Try to make your bedroom an environment conducive to good sleep. Keep the room dark and cool. Dr. Stewart may also recommend a special oral appliance. Very similar to a mouth guard, this device repositions the jaw, allowing for free airflow and ending sleep apnea symptoms.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Livonia Family Dentist
Are you a chronic snorer who exhibits signs of obstructive sleep apnea? Make an appointment with Livonia family dentist, Dr. Stewart, for a diagnosis and to discuss treatment options. We provide general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry for the entire family! Contact our 48154 dentist office. Schedule a visit by calling (734) 425-4400. We serve patients from Livonia, Farmington, Farmington Hills, and surrounding areas.