Sleep Apnea Therapy

Sleep plays an important role in healthy living.  Sound sleep helps you restore energy, repair and heal blood vessels and keeps you in a good mood.  When you fail to get sufficient sleep, both your physical and mental health can be distrubed.  Sleep disorders are among the most serious public health issues in the United States.  Sleep apnea is the most prevalent among the different types of sleep problems in the population.  It is a disorder which not only disrupts your sleep cycle but also worsens your overall health.  If you wake up frequently during sleep, have headaches when you wake up and feel tired during the day, you may have to visit our office for a sleep apnea diagnosis.  It may be an important step that you can take towards healthier living.

What Is Sleep Apnea And What Are The Symptoms?

Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by breathing pauses during sleep.  There are different types of sleep apnea.  Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA is a disorder where the soft tissues on the back of the patient’s throat relax to block the airway during sleep.  The blood oxygen level diminishes because of the blockade which is idntified by the brain.  The brain signals the muscles of the patient to wake up to enable breathing.  This cycle repeats several times during sleep.  The blockage may last from a few seconds to mor than a minute.  Since the patient keeps waking up frequently, he/she may not be able to get sound sleep.  As a results the person feels tired when he/she wakes up.

Sleep apnea may be difficult to diagnose since the characteristics are notable only when the patient falls asleep.  Sleep studies conducted by physicians may confirm the disorder.  Some of the symptoms of sleep apnea are:

How Can Sleep Apnea Affect My Health?

Sleep apnea is a condition which directly affects the heart of the patient.  When the blood oxygen level diminishes because of the blockade of airway, the heart is under the pressure of pumping more blood.  The stress on the heart can increase the risk of cardiac arrest.  Sleep apnea patinets are also at increased risk of hypertension because of variation in blood pressure caused during sleep.  Sleep apnea is characterized by snoring.  The sound of snoring may disturb the bedtime partner of the patient.  Continued research on sleep apnea has shown links between type 2 diabetes and the sleep disorder.  Dentists and physicians also warn patients about the increased risk of accidents because of daytime drowsiness.

Treatment For Sleep Apnea In Our Office

At our office, we offer various types of custom-made appliances that address sleep issues and help patients get better sleep.  Snoring, sleep apnea and few other sleep related issues can be addressed through these sleep appliances.  Our devices are comfortable to wear, do not require a surgery and enhance the quality of sleep.

Visit our office to know more about our sleep appliances.