Are you feeling continuous fatigue and drowsiness during daytime? Can't concentrate on your work because of irritability and headaches? Having issues with an intermittent sleep pattern? If so, you may be suffering from Sleep Apnea, without even knowing it. To confirm Sleep Apnea, so you can plan for treatment, ask your bed partner or a loved one to record your sleep pattern during night.
To confirm that you need to visit a Sleep Apnea Dentist for treatment, these night time Sleep Apnea symptoms should be present in your sleep pattern recording:
Sleep Apnea is a severe breathing disorder that occurs during sleep time when your breathing is interrupted due to physical obstruction of the airway. For those with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, it's usually their tongue that falls back (due to excessive relaxation) and constricts the airway.
This obstruction disrupts their breathing, causing them to keep waking up and losing sleep. Because this obstruction occurs for a very short period of time, most people do not fully wake up, and usually will not even realize the issue exists.
Left untreated, the condition may interact negatively with other underlying health conditions, leading to serious complications, like these:
Conventionally, those who enter the severe stage of Sleep Apnea, a C-PAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device is used for treatment. This is a big, gangly machine that plugs in and helps the patient breathe all night long. C-PAP machines can be loud, bulky, and uncomfortable.
As your trusted Sleep Apnea dentist in Ames, IA, we provide the easiest and the most efficient Sleep Apnea treatment for you. Based on your needs, we can create custom made oral mouthpieces that prevent your tongue from falling back and causing obstructions to the airway. These appliances help you breathe normally throughout the night, and maintain an open airway, preventing disturbed sleep.
Dental appliances are the best way to treat Sleep Apnea; as they are light and comfortable to wear, easy to carry, and are the best solution if your Sleep Apnea is mild to moderate.