Have you ever rolled over lovingly watch your partner sleep peacefully…then they abruptly make a disturbing choking sound? Has it woken you out of your own sleep a few times? Your partner may have a sleeping disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). You think the weird chokes and snores are annoying, but they’re something you’re willing to try to ignore—but you really shouldn’t if you have your partner’s best health in mind. Studies have shown a connection between mild-to-moderate OSA and an increased risk of developing hypertension and diabetes. Point Place Dental is here to explain more about OSA and therapy available for it: sleep apnea treatment in Stevens Point.
A Dangerous Disorder: Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes patients to briefly have pauses in their breathing or very shallow breaths while you sleep. These pauses can last from just a few seconds all the way to minutes, a huge risk for your health as you can imagine. Your breathing pattern can stop and start anywhere from 20 to 30 times in a single hour. Your breathing typically starts again with a loud snort or choking sound. Some of the biggest risk factors associated with sleep apnea are the following:
Sleep deprivation takes a huge toll on the overall quality of your life. You are constantly tired and most likely cranky. The emotional toll becomes evident and makes the simplest tasks difficult to focus on. Your increased irritability will eventually affect your relationships with the loved ones around you.
“Mild sleep apnea was strongly associated with increased risk of developing hypertension by 4 times compared to individuals without sleep apnea,” said Alexandros N. Vgontzas, MD, principal investigator and lead author of the study conducted. The study proved that treatments needed to be sought even if you have mild sleep apnea. It could prevent you from developing full-blown heart disease, a serious illness that could result in death.
If you continue to ignore signs of sleep apnea, you have a much higher risk of developing diabetes—by 3 times actually. Additional risk factors for diabetes include experiencing breathing difficulties during the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep, low oxygen levels in your blood, sleep deprivation, and activating your nervous system while sleeping indicated by an increased heart rate.
It can be difficult to diagnose sleep apnea or catch the symptoms because, well—you’re sleeping! But if your bed partner notices irregularities in your sleep or if you notice a decline in your energy levels throughout the day, seek help. It is important to visit your dentist if you are having difficulties sleeping and/or snoring. If you experience any of these symptoms, please reach out to our office:
- Frequent snoring
- Silent pauses in breathing
- Choking or gasping sounds
- Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
- Morning headaches
- Difficulty focusing
- Decreased sex drive
Contact Point Place Dental for Sleep Apnea Treatment
When you need help regulating your sleep patterns, you can trust your dentist in Stevens Point. We have two forms of treatment that can improve your quality of sleep: CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine or using a custom oral appliance while sleeping. The CPAP machine works by forcing the airways open with a continuous flow of air, while the appliance is worn to adjust the jaw forward to open the airway.
The best way to determine which treatment is best for you is to visit our office for a scheduled consultation. Call us today to feel well rested once again.