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SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

When you don’t get a good night’s sleep one night, you’re likely to wake up tired, a little groggy and “out of it” for a day. But what happens when you don’t get a restful sleep night after night?

Not only do you feel tired, groggy and out of it day after day, but you also face an increased risk of chronic illness, obesity, depression, anxiety and even cognitive decline.

Sleep and Health

So, what’s the connection between sleep and health? One of the primary concerns is that when you do not get restful sleep, your body does not reach the healthy sleep levels where hormones are regulated, muscle growth happens and tissues are repaired. That means your body goes a little haywire.

These healthy sleep levels, known as deep sleep and REM (rapid-eye movement) sleep, are critical to how your body functions and are where your body undergoes renewal.

If you reach these levels of sleep, you may wake up refreshed, but when you don’t get to these essential sleep stages, you may never feel “good,” despite getting a “full night’s sleep.”

The Consequences of Poor Sleep

The impact of not getting restful sleep consistently includes:

  • Increased risk of cardiovascular disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased risk of heath attack and stroke
  • Greater risk of developing some forms of cancer
  • Greater risk of developing diabetes or other metabolic disorders
  • Increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or cognitive disorders
  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Obesity or weight gain
  • Impaired immune system
  • Greater risk of motor vehicle accidents (from driving when tired)
  • Changes in libido

Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea

In many cases, the inability to reach restful sleep is a result of undiagnosed sleep apnea, a sleep breathing disorder that causes repeated interruptions in breathing during sleep.

These breathing interruptions, in turn, cause the body to wake up repeatedly throughout the night. And while you may not realize you’re waking up anywhere from a dozen to hundreds of times during sleep, your body does know it.

These repeated interruptions, commonly caused by the upper airway muscles relaxing into the airway and preventing you from getting enough air, cause the body to wake up. Another cause is your tongue falling back to block your airway, causing pauses in breathing.

These pauses can happen for 10 seconds to a full minute or more before your body’s reflexes kick in to start your breathing. And they can occur from a dozen to hundreds of times a night.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs in about 3 percent of individuals who are at a normal, healthy weight and 20 percent of those who are overweight or obese. Men are more affected by the condition than women, and it’s estimated that about 22 percent of Americans live with the condition, but most don’t know about it.

This makes the situation even more severe, as these individuals are at risk of developing a chronic and deadly illness such as heart disease or diabetes. An additional consequence of untreated obstructive sleep apnea is that many individuals live with these conditions already and are treated for the disorder’s symptoms, not their root cause.

What Are the Signs of Sleep Apnea?

One of the most common signs of sleep apnea is snoring, but that’s not the only indicator you have the condition. Sleep apnea sufferers often complain that they’re:

  • Chronically tired
  • Having difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep
  • Suffering from migraines frequently or waking up with headaches
  • Experiencing tooth loss or damage due to clenching or grinding the teeth (this is a common side effect of sleep apnea)
  • Anxious, tired or moody
  • Not productive at work or having difficulty concentrating

Is Not Getting Restful Sleep Really That Serious?

Honestly, yes. Getting diagnosed and treated for sleep apnea means better health. Even cases that are deemed mild (fewer than 15 interruptions in breathing) should be treated to help patients achieve the deep sleep they need.

And while there are immediate side effects of obstructive sleep apnea, the absolute risk comes from long-term damage to the body’s organs and tissues, including the heart.

Options for Better Sleep

Are you ready for better sleep? We have several options to suit just you. Review our modern services to see how we can help you breathe easier and sleep better.

NightLase®

NightLase® Laser Snoring Therapy is a non-invasive and non-surgical procedure that uses a laser to tighten and shrink the uvula, soft palate and surrounding tissues, thereby reducing or eliminating snoring. The airway muscles become firmer and are less prone to collapse, all thanks to laser light and a few simple appointments.

Sleep Appliances

One of the easiest ways to achieve better sleep is to open your airway by positioning your lower jaw forward, bringing your tongue forward and opening the airway behind it, where it’s usually the most constricted. We offer what we think is the best sleep appliance made; check out why and how it works by clicking the link below!

Developmental Orthodontics

Most people are surprised to learn that airway constrictions are most often caused by recessed jaws or jaws that didn’t develop to their full potential and position. This can lead to sleep-related breathing disorders in children and adults. For some, addressing the actual reason behind the airway constriction can lead to a life of better breathing.

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