Sleep Apnea Treatment Can Improve Sleep and Mood
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Overview
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the soft tissues in the back of the mouth and throat obstruct the airway. As a result, the brain and lungs do not receive sufficient oxygen. This can cause sufferers to awaken hundreds of times throughout the night. The awakenings are so brief that patients rarely remember them. As a result, many attribute their fatigue to other factors. Most patients with OSA are very tired upon waking in the morning, even when they receive eight or more hours of sleep.
OSA occurs when soft tissues in the back of the throat collapse during sleep.
What Causes Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
OSA can result from a variety of factors relating to lifestyle and heredity. These include obesity, smoking, a relatively short lower jaw, a narrow airway, or having a large tongue, neck, or tonsils. Dr. Bruce Luria will conduct a careful assessment of your medical history, lifestyle, and physical characteristics to determine the cause of your sleep apnea, and to recommend a treatment plan. We will also ask you to complete a questionnaire that provides insight regarding other potential contributing factors.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Symptoms
The most common symptom of OSA is loud snoring. Other symptoms include:
- Choking or gasping noises while sleeping
- Daytime fatigue
- Headaches in the morning
- Trouble focusing
- Decreased libido
It is important to address OSA symptoms in order to maintain a healthy day-to-day lifestyle and avoid increasing your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease.
Who is at Risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
You may be at risk for sleep apnea if you:
- Are middle aged
- Are overweight
- Have a large neck size
- Are male
- Have high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Have a family history of OSA
We recommend treatment based on your lifestyle, anatomy, and other factors. For instance, if you are overweight, we may recommend a healthier diet and exercise routine. If you smoke, we highly encourage you to break the habit. However, if hereditary factors are found to cause your OSA, we may recommend a custom bite splint. These devices are designed to comfortably reposition the lower jaw in a way that prevents soft tissues from blocking the airway as you sleep.
Contact Us Today
It is important to address OSA symptoms in order to maintain a healthy day-to-day lifestyle and avoid increasing your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease. Our OSA treatments are effective, and our doctors can determine which treatment is right for you during a consultation. Contact us today to begin achieving better sleep.
Our dentists are passionate about helping patients. Drs. Mark Luria, Bruce Luria, and Rena Allswang all began careers in dentistry to improve not only their patients' smiles, but also the quality of their lives.- Dearborn Family Dentistry