By John Edward Kempter, DDS PLLC
Sleep apnea is a condition where the throat collapses while you sleep. This causes excessive snoring, breathing difficulties and short term lack of breathing while sleeping. Sufferers often complain of grogginess and exhaustion during the day, even though they think they received the proper amount of sleep the night before.
Risk Factors of Sleep Apnea
Untreated sleep apnea can lead to heart problems, stroke, memory loss, depressions, diabetes and many more. Risk factors for sleep apnea include obesity, high blood pressure, persistent exhaustion and frequent waking at night. Sleep apnea is typically diagnosed by a sleep study.
If you have sleep apnea, our office may be able to help you. We offer custom made oral appliances to help you breathe and sleep better at night.
Two Types of Sleep Apnea:
Obstructive and Central Sleep Apnea
There are two major types of sleep apnea, including obstructive and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is most common. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where the soft tissues in a person’s throat collapse down into the airway during sleep. This obstructs airflow, which lowers oxygen levels in the body. Two key symptoms associated with sleep apnea re snoring and waking up tired even after a full night of sleep. With OSA, the brain does not fully allow the body to go into a deep sleep state because it has to keep waking you up just enough to get you to breathe, usually by gasping.
Central sleep apnea is caused by insufficient signals to breathe from the brain. Individuals suffering from this type of sleep apnea fail to take deep enough breaths to fully oxygenate their bodies. The symptoms are exactly the same as they are for obstructive sleep apnea, but this version is much more difficult to treat. My advice is to speak to a sleep specialist if you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Devices:
Most individuals are familiar with CPAPs (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines. These machines force air into the throat and lungs to maintain the airway. Common complaints with CPAP machines include improperly fitting face masks, nose irritation, congestion and general discomfort from the mask, and many more.
Here at Preferred Sleep Solutions of the Carolinas, we offer custom made oral appliances for sleep apnea and chronic snoring. The mandibular advancement device resembles a custom fit mouth guard. The top and bottom gaurds are seperate so you can open it to see with it in. The device holds the teeth slightly apart and the jaw forward, which allows for a larger opening for breathing and prevents your airway from collapsing. It also prevents teeth grinding.
We can help you find the right dental sleep device for your sleep apnea and ensure a precise fit so that you can get a good night’s rest.
If you suffer from excessive snoring or have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, we would love to help! To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 844-975-3376 or visit us online at www.preferredsleep.com.