If you have woken up from what seemed like a full night’s rest, but still dreamt about the time of day later on when you could climb back into bed to sleep, then you’re experiencing a special kind of fatigue that may be explained by a common restlessness condition called sleep apnea. While sleep apnea can only be diagnosed by a specialist in sleep conditions, there is a way that your dentist can get involved to help you get the rest you deserve at night.
In short, sleep apnea is a condition in which you stop breathing throughout the night. There are two types of sleep apnea one being central sleep apnea and the other being obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common condition, in which your body attempts to breathe, but something in your airway is making you unable to do so. If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause causes in your breathing, and some cases over 30 times in a single hour.
On the other hand, central sleep apnea is when the brain is not functioning properly while you sleep. With this kind of sleep apnea, your brain fails to send your respiratory system a signal that tells it to breathe, and as a result, your body goes without breathing.
You may be asking what can a dentist possibly do to assist you in alleviating symptoms of sleep apnea. A consultation appointment with the dental professionals at Harbourview Dental will result in recommendations to change certain behaviors or lifestyle habits that can be aggravating your sleep apnea. Regardless of what your age or gender is, by losing excess weight, switching to a different sleep position, or even quitting smoking can help you rest better at night.
If you’re looking for an alternative to CPAP treatment, which is the most common sleep apnea treatment on the market today, a consultation with a local dentist can result in a custom mouthpiece that can improve your mouth position and allow air to flow freely while you sleep.
Get your sleep apnea under control by visiting our office in Burlington. The dental professionals at Harbourview Dental are ready to help you sleep better. All you have to do is give them a call today to set up an appointment!