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Sleep Apnea Treatments
Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders in America. Millions of people suffer from apnea and many are not even aware that they have the condition. Sleep apnea can cause poor quality sleep, and its long-term effects include a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. At St. Clair Tooth Co., Dr. Cassleman can help you get the treatment you need for a restful night’s sleep and ensure that this common condition does not interfere with your life.
Understanding The Basics
What Is Sleep Apnea?
The most common type of sleep apnea is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea, (also called OSA). This type of apnea occurs when the soft tissues of the palate and throat relax during sleep. In turn, this causes the airway to be blocked, often for between 2-10 seconds. This blockage interrupts proper breathing and oxygenation of the blood.
This may happen dozens of times per night, which can contribute to restless sleep. Though snoring is one of the most obvious symptoms of sleep apnea, it’s important to distinguish sleep apnea from simple snoring. Snoring is caused when the tissues of the nose, mouth and throat vibrate during sleep. Apnea, on the other hand, is often accompanied by snoring, but also involves periodic interruptions of breathing, choking, and gasping when breathing resumes.
Recognizing Sleep Apnea
The Signs & Symptoms
Snoring is a very common sign of sleep apnea, especially if it periodically stops and starts. Some of the other common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include headaches upon waking, a sore or dry nose and throat, and poor quality sleep. Daytime drowsiness and sleepiness is also a common side effect.
In addition, waking up in the middle of the night gasping or feeling like you can’t get enough air, or tossing and turning frequently in the night are both signs of apnea. If you recognize one or more of these symptoms in yourself or your sleeping partner, you may want to schedule a consultation with a sleep specialist.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines are commonly used to treat apnea. Through a face and nose mask, CPAP machines deliver a gentle stream of pressurized air into your lungs, which prevents the tissue of your palate and throat from sagging or blocking your airway.
Oral appliances are also a good option, and preferred for minor-to-moderate cases of apnea. These oral appliances look like a retainer or mouth guard, and are made to shift your jaw’s position and prevent tissue from blocking your airway at night. At St. Clair Tooth Co., Dr. Cassleman specializes in treating apnea with comfortable, effective oral appliances.
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If you think that you or your sleeping partner may suffer from apnea, it’s important to get help right away. In the short-term, apnea interferes with proper sleep and rest, and in the long-term, it can increase the risk of serious health complications like stroke and heart attack. To learn more, contact St. Clair Tooth Co. now at (586) 404-4911, or stop by our office at 21321 Harper Ave, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080.