Having difficulty getting a good night’s rest? Are you waking up frequently during the night? Even during the nights you aren’t interrupted, do you find yourself struggling in the mornings and dependent on caffeine or other methods to keep your energy level up during the day?
This may be a sign of sleep apnea!
What You Need to Know About Sleep Apnea
Many of our patients are plagued by sleep apnea and snoring, which interrupt their sleep patterns. If left untreated, sleep apnea can even have long-term effects on your health, increasing your risk of or agitating chronic disorders.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
If you’re not sure if you have sleep apnea or just need to figure out a better sleep schedule, look for some of these symptoms. A few of the common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Waking up during the night.
- Heavy snoring.
- Choking or gasping during the night.
- Waking up with a headache.
- A sore or dry throat in the morning.
- Drowsiness throughout the day.
- Waking up short of breath throughout the night.
- Irritability during the day.
- Bruxism (teeth grinding).
Find relief from your symptoms with our help; seek sleep apnea treatment in Shelby Township, Michigan, from Dr. McKinley and Dr. McKinley-Holloway.
Sleep Apnea Related Health Risks
We never appreciate the value of a good night’s rest more than the day after we’ve missed one! The lack of focus, the need for coffee or sugary drinks, or the temptation for a good power nap so we can recharge and get through our day are common experiences most of us have suffered through.
However, prolonged periods of unrestful sleep due to conditions like sleep apnea can be far more harmful than a sluggish morning—with long term consequences beyond the obvious problems mentioned above.
The most common health risk of sleep apnea is daytime fatigue, as frequent starts (whether you notice them or not) makes restorative deep rest nearly impossible. At first, this might seem a minor inconvenience rather than a health risk.
Not true! Extended fatigue can cause a number of problems, including:
- Poor performances at home or the workplace.
- Increased vehicular accidents.
- An over dependence on stimulants like caffeine or sugary drinks.
These are all dangerous enough on their own, but they are also contributors to the larger and more dangerous health risk factors. When your body doesn’t cycle through a full sleep schedule, it doesn’t have time to fully heal itself from the stresses of the day. So those physical stresses never completely recover, they just build and build each night.
This constant fatigue puts your body at serious risk for long-term health effects such as:
- High blood pressure.
- Heart disease.
- Heart attack or heart failure.
The strain of your body not getting enough oxygen each night results in hypertension as your heart works harder than it needs to.
While these and other health risks are concerning, our dental team is ready to provide you with
the quality care you need for peace of mind and peaceful nights!
Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatment
Our office provides effective sleep apnea treatment and snoring treatment. Not only can snoring make sleeping difficult for you and your partner, it can also be a symptom of sleep apnea. This condition occurs when a patient’s rest is interrupted by pauses in their breathing.
Most often, these pauses are caused by the tongue rolling back or the airway tissues collapsing, blocking off air. Because this happens while the patient is unconscious, it can go for years undiagnosed. That is why we recommend getting a direct diagnosis. Once this is achieved, our office can offer professional, effective, and comfortable treatment.
At our office, we encourage all patients to ask any questions they want and offer their personal input on their sleep patterns, ensuring as accurate an assessment as possible. During your visit, our dentists will first offer you an at-home test. This will help determine whether your snoring, drowsiness or other sleep disruptions are caused by sleep apnea.
If the test reads positive, our dentists can offer custom-made oral appliances.
Custom Sleep Apnea Mouthpiece
Our office offers custom appliances that physically prevent symptoms of sleep apnea. Also known as a sleep apnea or a snoring mouthpiece, these appliances prevent the tongue and inner tissues from collapsing and causing air blockages. By holding the jaw or tongue in position, they can effectively prevent and relieve apnea symptoms.
We may also recommend certain lifestyle changes, such as exercise, healthy eating, good sleeping habits or (in some cases) goals for weight loss.
So don’t wait another day for a full night of restorative sleep! Schedule an appointment at 586-685-0880 or visit our homepage to set up your consultation online. Our office is waiting to assist, access, and address any of your sleep apnea questions!
Get Started on Sleep Apnea Treatment With Our Team Today!
Call 586-685-0880 to get in touch with our dental team for a sleep apnea consultation. During your visit with our dentists, you will be given a take-home test for diagnosis. Once you have been diagnosed, our dentists will help you determine the greatest pathway for your treatment.