Types of Sleep Disorders
If you have occasional trouble sleeping or you have a sleep disorder, you can get help and increase your quality of sleep. There are several sleep disorders that you can receive help at our Orem sleep disorder clinic:
- Insomnia: Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Sleep apnea: Abnormal patterns in breathing while you are asleep.
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea: This disorder is caused when tissue in your throat relaxes while you sleep and blocks your airway.
- Restless legs syndrome (RLS): Is a type of sleep movement disorder. Restless legs syndrome is also called Willis-Ekbom disease. It causes an uncomfortable feeling and a constant urge to move your legs while trying to fall asleep.
- Narcolepsy: A condition marked by extreme sleepiness during the day and causes you to fall asleep suddenly at any moment.
There are several types of sleep apnea. The most common sleep apnea is Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Your blood oxygen level drops as your airflow is restricted with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This causes the breathing process to get kick-started which includes gasping and choking. Sleep apnea causes your sleep cycle to be interrupted and reset many times in the night. Because of this most people are not able to fall into deep REM sleep for a normal amount of time. Not only can this cause a person to be very tired in the morning, but it can also lead to chronic health problems down the road. Sleep apnea can even be fatal if severe enough and left untreated.
Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea
You may have experienced some or many symptoms of sleep apnea. One of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea is daytime sleepiness and feeling tired when you wake up in the morning. Many people also feel confused when they wake up. Our clients will also have morning headaches, and jaw clenching and teeth grinding. They will also report dry mouth once you wake up. Often a spouse with see signs of labored breathing, choking, gasping, snorting, snoring and puffing sounds during sleep. Some other symptoms include:
- High blood pressure & heart problems
- Change in personality
- Rapid weight gain and being overweight/obesity
- Nighttime bathroom visits
- Depression and irritability
- Erectile dysfunction and lowered sex drive
- Nighttime sweats
- Concentrating is difficult
Orem Sleep Clinic Treatment
It is important to have a Utah clinical exam done in order to evaluate any airway problems. This must be done before any insomnia or sleep apnea treatment can be prescribed by a specialist. Specific treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) include the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine and the Oral Appliance Therapy. Generally, patients who have severe OSA are advised to use the CPAP machine. In contrast, the oral appliance is most often recommended to patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
If you live with sleep apnea, the most important thing you can do for your health is to seek treatment for your sleep apnea. It will help you feel better right away. It will also help you fight a number of physical problems and psychological issues. Some of these problems include stroke, cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorders, depression and many more.
For many years specialists have recommended the CPAP machine over any other device. In more recent years, the oral appliance has also become an effective treatment method. Because of all the advancements in treatment options, many patients tend to get overwhelmed with all the choices. This is why it is important to understand all the benefits of each treatment. So now you have to ask yourself, which oral appliance is right? Your best option is to talk to a trusted sleep apnea specialist like Dr. Bennett at the Sleep Center of Orem. He will go over all the benefits and the best options for your sleep apnea care.
Orem Sleep Disorder Clinic
Dr. Bennett practiced general dentistry for many years but found that he had a passion for helping people with Craniofacial pain, TMD, Snoring and Sleep Apnea. Due to his interest, he focuses his entire practice to treating these issues. Dr. Bennett continually works with other health professionals to bring pain relief, improved health, and a better quality of life for his patients.
When it comes to your well-being, don’t wait to get help. Whether you are suffering from Craniofacial Pain, TMD, Sleep Apnea or Snoring, our Orem Sleep Disorder Clinic will help you get the support and relief you need. If you would like additional information or would like to schedule an appointment at the top Utah sleep clinic, please call us today at (801) 691-7365! Your better life awaits!