What does a dentist know about sleep apnea? Plenty! In fact, Drs. Yung and Jelinek have been helping patients treat issues related to snoring and sleep apnea for years. That’s why we have dedicated a division of our practice to this very area. Keep reading to learn three really useful facts, and then give us a call at 540-253-1377 to request your sleep apnea treatment consultation in Warrenton, VA.
1. Sleep Apnea Causes You To Stop Breathing At Night
Sleep apnea is a lot more than just the obnoxious snoring that keeps the rest of your household awake at night. It’s true that snoring is an easy to recognize symptom of sleep apnea. But sleep apnea is essentially when someone experiences pauses in breathing while asleep.
There are two forms of sleep apnea, central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea, with obstructive sleep apnea being the most common, and the one that dentists can most often treat.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the tongue or something else obstructs your airways during sleep. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to send signals to the brain about breathing during sleep. That’s a different ball game altogether.
People with severe obstructive sleep apnea can encounter anywhere from 30 or 50 pauses in breathing an hour. That’s not good for your body, and the lack of good rest will take its toll soon enough.
2. Sleep Apnea Is No Joke
Let’s be upfront about this: YOU CAN DIE die from complications related to sleep apnea. Some patients have such severe problems that they stop breathing entirely. Seriously. Just Google “cause of death” for star athlete Reggie White, or legendary musician Jerry Garcia.
Besides potentially killing you, sleep apnea elevates your blood pressure, increasing your risk for major health problems like heart disease, diabetes, or even stroke.
Because most people with sleep apnea wake up feeling perpetually exhausted and sleep-deprived, it can cause moodiness, and create problems with concentration. Plenty of vehicular accidents have been linked to lack of good sleep.
3. A CPAP Is Not The Only Solution
The CPAP has been the go-to treatment for sleep apnea for many years. It’s basically a breathing machine that forces air into the lungs while you sleep.
The CPAP is a bit intrusive, though, because it involves a mask, a hose and it is essentially a noisy machine. The nice thing about a CPAP machine is that it can treat both central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. The bad thing is that patients hate being harnessed to the CPAP machine, and the noises often interrupt the bed partner as much or more as the snoring used to.
In an effort to boost the sleep apnea treatment compliance rate and ensure your comfort, we are offering an oral appliance designed to treat obstructive sleep apnea.
Here’s how it works: the oral appliance merely pushes the lower jaw forward during sleep so your airway remains open for business. The oral appliance does not disrupt anyone’s sleep, and you can take it anywhere, so it’s great at home and also for when you are on the road.
Call Today For Better Sleep At Night
If you have been inspired to take the next step toward a good night’s sleep, we are ready to help you get there. We’ll start the process with a simple in-office assessment. Then we can provide a sleep test that you can take in the comfort of your own home. The tester takes data while you’re sleeping, and then we can effectively diagnosis your problem.
The entire experience is pleasant, and at the end, you’ll be able to take back your nights, along with your quality of life. All you have to do now is call Drs. Yung & Jelinek today at 540-253-1377 or fill out our online form to schedule your sleep apnea consultation in Warrenton, VA.