Can you imagine as many as eighteen million Americans alone waking up moody, irritable, or with tension built headaches every morning? The Sleep Orders Guide online reports that this statistic reflects one in fifteen Americans has had a case of sleep apnea. The only positive about that statement is that you’re not alone. Your dentist in Dublin understands the prevalence of sleep disorders in America and how it affects our patients on a day to day basis. That’s why our office, Distinctive Smiles of Dublin, offers effective sleep apnea treatment to help you get the full night’s rest that you deserve.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes you to pause your breathing while you’re resting. You may also take very shallow breaths while you sleep. These pauses can last from just a few seconds all the way to minutes, which is a huge risk for your health. Your breathing pattern can stop and start anywhere from 20 to 30 times in just one hour, typically starting again with a loud snort or choking sound. The biggest risk factor associated with sleep apnea is breathing cessation (interruption).
These obstructions stop your body from completing your full cycle, most likely interrupting the most important part of your sleep cycle—REM sleep. Sleep deprivation takes a huge toll on the overall quality of your life. You are constantly tired and most likely cranky. The emotional toll becomes evident and makes the simplest tasks difficult to focus on. Your increased irritability will eventually affect your relationships with the loved ones around you.
What are sleep apnea symptoms?
The most common symptom of sleep apnea is snoring. But, just because you snore doesn’t mean you necessarily have sleep apnea. It is important to visit our office and take both of our written diagnostic tests (Epworth Sleepiness Scale and the STOP-Bang Questionnaire) for proper sleep disorder testing if you are having difficulties sleeping and/or snoring, get a sleep apnea analysis. If you experience any of these symptoms, please reach out to our office to find the best solution for you:
- Frequent snoring
- Silent pauses in breathing
- Choking or gasping sounds
- Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
- Morning headaches
- Difficulty focusing
- Decreased sex drive
Which sleep apnea treatment in Dublin is right for me?
You may not think to call your dentist if you’re experiencing difficulties sleeping. After we have determined that you have sleep apnea, we can provide a comfortable, portable solution. Our office creates custom oral appliances that gently shift the jaw forward. This places pressure on the throat muscles, holding them open and unobstructed. This allows our patients to breathe deeply.
By using a custom oral appliance to open your airways, your quality of life will improve. You can truly feel a great difference when you get a full night’s rest. Anyone you’re sleeping next to will be able to tell the difference! Contact our team to find our more or schedule an appointment.