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Sleep Apnea

Getting a good night’s rest is important. Good quality sleep allows your body and mind time to rest and repair, essentially restoring itself. Sleep is essential for your mental, emotional, and physical health, helping you to remain sharp, in control of your emotions, and healthy. While one poor night’s sleep may only make you groggy for the day, continually waking up day after day feeling completely exhausted can have serious consequences. For millions of Americans, this is a reality. If you are one of those who is always exhausted, no matter what time you go to bed the night before, you may be living with a condition known as sleep apnea. Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center may be able to help.

What is Sleep Apnea?

To get quality sleep, and wake the next morning feeling rested and refreshed, your body must go through several sleep cycles. If you have sleep apnea, however, your sleep cycles are constantly interrupted. With this condition, you wake several times during the course of the night, and you may have no idea that it’s even happening. Every time you wake up, you have to start all over again when you fall back asleep. These awakenings are known as apneic events. Sleep apnea ranges in severity from mild (5 to 14 apneic events per sleeping hour) to severe (more than 30 events per sleeping hour). It’s no wonder you wake up exhausted.

There are three different types of sleep apnea:
•  Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. This type is the most common and occurs when your airway is blocked (usually by your tongue or other oral tissues).
•  Central sleep apnea. With this type of sleep apnea, your brain does not communicate properly with the muscles that control your breathing.
•  Complex (mixed) sleep apnea. This type of sleep apnea is a mix of OSA and central sleep apnea.

What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

There are several symptoms that can point toward sleep apnea:
•  Snoring.
•  Feeling excessively sleepy during the day.
•  Falling asleep doing everyday tasks. You may even fall asleep behind the wheel of your car.
•  Trouble concentrating.
•  Irritability, or trouble controlling your emotions.
•  Depression.
•  Forgetfulness.
•  Health issues including high blood pressure.

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea needs to be diagnosed before it can be treated. To do this, you will need to undergo a sleep study, which is conducted by a highly trained sleep expert. These individuals help to diagnose your sleep apnea (or other sleep-related issues), as well as help you manage your treatments.

How is Sleep Apnea Treated?

There are several different types of treatments available for sleep apnea, depending on your specific circumstances. If your sleep apnea is mild, you may be able to manage it on your own. Common home remedies for sleep apnea include:
•  Weight loss.
•  Exercise.
•  Sleeping on your side, rather than your back.
•  Elevating your head while you sleep.
•  Unblocking nasal passageways.

For many sleep apnea patients, professional treatments may be required. These treatments include such things as:
•  Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. This involves placing a mask over your nose, which is hooked up to a machine that continually delivers air while you sleep.
•  Oral appliance therapy. This treatment involves the use of a custom fit oral device that is made in our office. It fits over your top teeth, similar to a mouth guard, and holds your jaw in proper alignment. This prevents your oral tissues from blocking the airway.
•  Oral surgery. Surgical procedures are reserved for last efforts when no other treatments have worked. They may involve procedures such as repositioning the jaw or tightening the tissues inside your mouth.

If you constantly wake up feeling like you never went to sleep in the first place, regardless of the time you went to bed, you may have sleep apnea. Call Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center today at (775) 430-5355 and find out what we can do for you.

Scott M. Redlinger, DMD, MD

(775) 430-5355

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