Sleep apnea can produce a wide variety of harmful side effects. In addition to being an aggravating problem for your partner, this medical condition is also going to impact your physical and mental health. Our team understands just how frustrating this can be, and we are ready to help you come up with a long-term treatment plan that addresses the root causes of this disorder. Here is a closer look at some of the most common signs of sleep apnea and a few of the devices and operations that can be used to treat this common medical problem.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which you repeatedly stop breathing throughout the night. Many people have this condition for years without realizing it, and it can negatively affect almost every aspect of your health. Untreated, this condition can increase your risk of countless issues ranging from obesity to high blood pressure. Patients who are struggling with sleep apnea also have much higher rates of anxiety and depression because they aren’t getting enough restful sleep at night.
The most common cause of obstructive sleep apnea is excess weight. When an individual is overweight, they might have too much tissue in the mouth and throat. As soon as that individual falls asleep and their muscles relax, that excess tissue is going to block their airways. Some of the side effects include loud snoring, headaches, chronic fatigue, and irritability. While losing weight can reduce one’s risk of sleep apnea, patients should consider professional treatments as well.
Treating This Disorder
The most common treatment is a small device known as a CPAP machine. That machine has a mask that fits over your mouth and nose, and it creates continuous pressure that keeps your airways open at night. While CPAP machines are effective, many patients find them to be uncomfortable to wear. We can also create a custom mouthguard that opens up your airways by altering the position of your jaw, but you might not want to wear one of those devices for the rest of your life. If you would like to breathe freely for many years to come, you should consider laser treatments.
Boosting your overall health could improve your sleep apnea, but that process can take months. With laser therapy, your breathing issues could slowly begin to disappear within a matter of days. During this procedure, our team will excise and reposition some of the soft tissue that is blocking your airways. You can also combine laser therapy with many other treatments including radiofrequency therapy, jaw surgery, or weight loss surgery. During your first appointment with our team, we can come up with an effective treatment plan that quickly and safely improves your sleep.
Get in Touch with Us for More Information
To learn more about all of the sleep apnea treatments that we offer, please reach out and make an appointment with Carnegie Dental Clinic. At our convenient location in Victoria, our caring and dedicated team of professionals will be pleased to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!