When you have trouble sleeping at night, and feel exhausted the next day even if you think you rested well, then you may be suffering from sleep apnea. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist will talk about how we diagnose and treat chronic snoring and sleep apnea with a custom oral appliance.
How Poor Sleep Impacts Your Daily Life
When we don’t sleep well, this leaves us feeling tired and irritable, impacting our work performance, our ability to focus, and making us short with friends and family. But poor sleep from sleep apnea also compromises your immune system, so more frequent illness is commonly reported. In several cases, this also strains your cardiovascular system, so you’re more likely to develop high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. The disorder causes you to stop breathing during the night several times, as soft tissues block airflow. The brain wakes you, even if you don’t remember waking up, and this interrupts your sleep cycle and leaves you exhausted and weakened.
Common Warning Signs
People may find they snore frequently at night, and wake with dry mouth and headaches. Walking suddenly in the night gasping or air or choking is common too. You may have trouble staying awake as well. If you experience any of the common symptoms we’ve talked about so far, then contact our team for a diagnosis!
Diagnosis and Treatment
Once we assess the cause and extent of your sleep apnea, we will move forward with treatment. We have a comfortable and noninvasive option that uses an oral appliance, a nightguard-like device that is custom-fitted for your smile. The device is worn as you rest, and alters the position of the jaw to prevent the collapse of soft tissues. You then breathe without interruption and enjoy a good night’s rest. You could also help by resting on your side, not your back, and keeping your bedroom dark and cool, avoid screens right before bed, and also in the two hours before going to sleep, avoid caffeine, excessive alcohol consumption, large meals, or vigorous exercise. These actions, along with a regular sleep schedule, help you fall asleep faster. If you have any questions about addressing serious issues like snoring or sleep apnea, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Trouble Sleeping Well?
Our team knows the value of a good night’s rest, which is why we offer solutions for snoring and sleep apnea. If you have any questions about how we help you rest again with ease, or if you would like to schedule a consultation today, please contact Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.