If you wake up feeling exhausted, even after a full night’s rest, you may suffer from sleep apnea. This common condition causes you to stop breathing during the night, disrupting your sleep cycle each time this occurs. You may be surprised to learn that you can receive highly effective sleep apnea treatment at your Memphis dentist’s office. Dr. Timothy Hacker provides custom-made mouth guards to realign your jaw and keep your airways open throughout the night. To learn more about sleep apnea treatment and how it can help you get the full night’s rest you deserve, contact our office today.
A Closer Look at Sleep Apnea
There are actually two types of sleep apnea: central sleep apnea (CSA) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Central sleep apnea is less common. It occurs when the brain does not receive the necessary signals to trigger breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea results when the tongue and soft palate fall backwards into the mouth, blocking the flow of air. Patients with OSA often struggle with severe and constant snoring.
Individuals with both types of sleep apnea will wake up or move to a lighter stage of sleep every time their breathing stops. This can happen hundreds of times every night, causing chronic fatigue, headaches, mood swings, irritability, and other symptoms.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Because CSA involves brain function, this condition cannot be treated at the dentist’s office. However, Dr. Hacker does provide highly effective treatment for OSA. Before beginning treatment, you must obtain a definitive diagnosis through a sleep study. Your physician can typically refer you to a sleep specialist for testing.
Once you have been diagnosed, Dr. Hacker will provide a customized oral appliance. The device will fit over your front teeth to realign your jaw and prevent your soft tissues from falling back into your air passages. Once you have adjusted to your appliance, you will undergo a second sleep study to make sure that the device is working.
How Treatment Can Benefit You
Sleep apnea treatment can have enormous consequences on nearly every aspect of your life. You may find that you have increased energy and a more positive attitude. Your energy and enthusiasm may even improve your professional, family, and social life.
Sleep apnea treatment also has long-term consequences for your systemic health. The condition has been linked to a number of serious health concerns. These include:
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease
- Heart attack
Additionally, if you suffer from chronic fatigue, you may frequently fall asleep during the day. This can be extremely dangerous when you are driving.
When you receive treatment for sleep apnea, you will not only enjoy a more restful night’s sleep, you are also taking steps to protect your overall health and quality of life.
Get a Better Night’s Sleep
If you are suffering from the symptoms of sleep apnea, or if you have already been diagnosed with OSA, take the first steps toward a better night’s sleep. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hacker.