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Sleep Apnea


 at Neu Family DentalWhen you wake up in the morning feeling rested, you are much more likely to feel ready to tackle the tasks ahead of you. However, after a poor night of sleep, you often feel groggy, and drag yourself through your day. Plenty of people experience this from time to time. However, they go to sleep that night, sleep well, and wake up the following morning feeling refreshed and back to their normal selves. For millions of Americans, though, good sleep seems impossible. Day after day, they wake up feeling more exhausted than when they went to bed the night before. Does this sound familiar? If so, you may be living with sleep apnea, and Neu Family Dental can help.

What Is Sleep Apnea?


When you sleep, your body goes through two cycles. These cycles rotate several times, allowing your body to repair itself, restore your energy for the next day, and even process emotions. Completing these cycles is necessary for waking up rested and refreshed. Sleep apnea is a condition that interrupts these cycles. It causes you to stop breathing for a few seconds, called an apneic event, several times throughout the night. Every time you stop breathing, you wake up, but you may not be aware of it. This interrupts your sleep cycles, and the body needs to start over again when you fall asleep. With sleep apnea ranging from mild, 5 to 14 apneic events per sleeping hour, to severe, 30 or more events per sleeping hour, it is no wonder you wake up feeling so tired. Your body never has the time it needs to properly restore itself.

There Are a Couple of Types of Sleep Apnea


•  Obstructive sleep apnea. OSA is the most common form of sleep apnea. It occurs when your airway is blocked, usually by your tongue or excess oral tissue.
•  Central sleep apnea. This type of sleep apnea occurs when there is a failure of communication between the brain and the muscles that control breathing. It is often caused by instability in the respiratory control center.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms


There are numerous symptoms that can point toward sleep apnea.
•  Snoring. Unless someone tells you that you snore, you may not even realize this is happening.
•  Waking up with a dry or a sore throat.
•  Excessive daytime sleepiness.
•  Falling asleep performing daily tasks. Some even drift off behind the wheel of a car.
•  You feel irritable and may experience severe mood swings.
•  Trouble concentrating.
•  If you have been living with sleep apnea for a while, you may start to notice health effects, including weight gain, getting sick more frequently, inflammatory issues, and depression. You are also at a higher risk of developing issues like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.


Diagnosing Sleep Apnea


Before being treated, a formal diagnosis of sleep apnea is needed. This is done through a sleep study, which can be done at a clinic or lab or in your own home. During this study, you are hooked up to machines that monitor electrical signals from your brain and muscles. The machines record everything, and the data is analyzed by a sleep specialist. This specialist will be able to diagnose sleep apnea, or other sleep-related disorders, and recommend treatment.

Treatments for Sleep Apnea


There are several treatments that are used to treat sleep apnea.
•  Weight loss. Being overweight can increase the instances of sleep apnea. For some individuals, weight loss clears up the issue and restores normal sleep.
•  CPAP machine. A CPAP machine is one of the most common treatments for sleep apnea. It involves the use of a small mask attached to a machine. The mask is worn over your nose while you sleep, and the machine delivers a continuous stream of air, which keeps your airways open.
•  Oral appliance therapy. For some patients, the CPAP machine is too cumbersome, while others do not want to be bothered with it. At Neu Family Dental, we can offer an alternative. Oral appliance therapy is designed for those with mild to moderate sleep apnea. It involves the use of an oral device, similar to a mouthguard, that is worn over your top teeth while you sleep. The device keeps the jaw in proper alignment. This keeps your lower jaw, and your oral tissues, forward, and away from the airway.
•  Oral surgery. In severe cases of sleep apnea, oral surgery may be recommended. Surgery of any kind is saved as the last option. Procedures may include moving the jaw forward or removing the excess tissue that is blocking your airway.

With proper treatment, you will finally be able to get the quality sleep you need, which can boost your mood, your health, and your overall quality of life. Call Neu Family Dental today for more information at (224) 484-0227.
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