Do you snore at night loudly enough to wake up your partner and wake up feeling exhausted? These are some of the most common signs of sleep apnea. Without receiving sleep apnea treatment, you will put yourself at a higher risk for heart problems like heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. At Sana Dental, we can provide you with the sleep apnea treatment you need to live a healthier life. Find out how our Edmonton dentist can help you today.
What is Sleep Apnea?
There are two types of sleep apnea conditions, central sleep apnea, and obstructive sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea is when your brain doesn’t send the proper signals to your muscles to breathe. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your throat muscles relax or there is an obstruction that prevents you from breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea is the more common form and is the form that we treat for at our Edmonton dental office.
How Do I Get Diagnosed for Sleep Apnea?
Unfortunately, we cannot diagnose you for sleep apnea at our Edmonton dental office. You need to be diagnosed by a physician first. In order to be diagnosed for sleep apnea, you will need to visit your physician. They will have you complete either an at-home sleep test or send you to a sleep clinic where they will monitor your sleep. Once the results come back, your physician can confirm if you have sleep apnea and what treatments will work best for you. If your dentist suggests a CPAP or oral appliance, you can visit our Edmonton dentist for your sleep apnea treatment.
What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
There are a lot of different symptoms that can indicate that you have sleep apnea. Some of the most prominent symptoms include: excessive sleepiness during the day, observed stopped breathing during sleep, waking up throughout the night coughing or gasping, loud snoring, headaches in the morning, lack of concentration during the day, mood swings, irritability, sweating at night, decreased libido, and high blood pressure. If you notice that you have any of these symptoms, we recommend visiting a physician sooner than later so you can be diagnosed.
Natural Treatments for Sleep Apnea
Before you get situated with a CPAP or oral appliance, there are a few natural ways to treat sleep apnea. We recommend trying these out with your oral appliance or CPAP machine. Eventually, it’s possible that you don’t need anything but natural treatments.
The first way to naturally treat your sleep apnea is by losing weight. It’s found that those who are overweight have a large neck circumference which results in a narrower airway. With weight loss, you will have a larger airway. In addition to losing weight, we recommend doing daily exercise. It’s recommended that the average person does 150 minutes of moderate activity per week to maintain a healthy weight and heart. Daily exercise can help you lose weight and help you fall into a deeper natural sleep.
You can also naturally treat your sleep apnea by staying away from alcohol, drugs, tranquilizers, sedatives and other factors that may relax your throat muscles and cause you to not be able to breathe at night. You should also quit smoking as smoking can increase fluid retention in your lungs which can interrupt your breathing. It’s also potential that your sleep apnea is caused by tonsils or adenoids in your throat. If this is the case, you will need to seek a surgeon to remove them.
It’s also possible that your sleep apnea is caused by simple nasal congestion. This can be solved with allergy medicine.
Another natural treatment for your sleep apnea is by sleeping on your side. You can put a tennis ball in the back of your shirt to prevent you from rolling onto your back at night. Sleeping on your side is one of the best ways to prevent snoring.
One of our treatments for sleep apnea at Sana Dental is with a CPAP machine. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is a machine that gives you air pressure throughout the night. The constant delivery of airway pressure keeps your airway open throughout the night so that you never stop receiving oxygen. Unfortunately, the machine is quite big, uncomfortable to wear and is kind of loud. Not all of our patients are the biggest fans of it. If you are willing to try it, CPAP is an effective treatment for sleep apnea.
Oral Appliance Therapy
CPAP isn’t the most ideal treatment for all patients. For mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy might be more comfortable. An oral appliance is a device that is custom-made to fit your mouth. It looks like a mouth guard and works by pushing your jaw forward to open up your airway. Most patients find oral appliance therapy to be more comfortable than CPAP and less of a hassle to use. Discuss your options with our dentist in Edmonton to see what’s best for treating your sleep apnea.
Surgery for Sleep Apnea
For those with severe sleep apnea who cannot tolerate the CPAP machine, surgery is another treatment option. The two most common types of surgery to treat sleep apnea are Maxillomandibular Advancement and Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. Talk to our dentist to find out which treatment is right for you.
Visit Your Edmonton Dentist for Sleep Apnea Treatment
With sleep apnea treatment, you can reduce your risk of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke, high blood pressure and more. Wake up feeling refreshed and stop snoring your way through the night with sleep apnea treatment from your Edmonton dentist. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and would like to find the right treatment for you, give Sana Dental in Edmonton a call or fill out our online form to discuss your options with our dentist.