Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where your breathing starts and stops many times throughout the night. More than 200,000 people are diagnosed with Sleep Apnea each year. There is a chance you may have sleep apnea If you snore loudly and often feel tired after a full night’s sleep.
The most common sleep apnea is Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This type of apnea is caused when the soft tissue of your throat becomes relaxed during sleep and blocks the airway. Your oxygen level in your blood drops as airflow becomes restricted. This causes your brain to kick start the breathing process, which includes gasping and choking. Sleep apnea causes your sleep cycle to reset many times throughout the night. Most people do not get into deep REM sleep for the appropriate amount of time. Not only can this cause a person to be tired in the morning, but it can also lead to chronic conditions. If severe enough and left untreated, sleep apnea can even be fatal.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
You may have experienced the following sleep apnea symptoms:
- Insomnia & daytime sleepiness
- High Blood Pressure & heart problems
- Labored breathing
- Snoring and/or puffing sounds during sleep
- Dry mouth once you wake up
- Morning headaches
- Jaw clenching and teeth grinding
- Irritability or change in personality
- Obesity/overweight or rapid weight gain
- Reduced sex drive/erectile dysfunction
- Nighttime sweating
- Difficulty concentrating
- Nighttime urination
- Choking, gasping or snorting
- Restless Sleep
- Confusion when you awaken
Sleep Disorder Diagnosis
Obstructive Sleep Apnea or (OSA) can only be diagnosed by a doctor and after the patient has had a sleep study done. Luckily it is treatable. Currently, there are two types of sleep studies available:
- Polysomnogram which is an in-lab sleep study
- Out of Center Sleep Study which is done in the comfort of your home
In lab sleep studies have been the standard in the past but many insurance companies are now allowing home sleep studies due to their affordability, accuracy, and ease. There are pros and cons to both. In lab sleep test generally produce more accurate date and but home tests tend to show more natural sleep as you are more comfortable in your own environment. In addition, these tests are both safe, painless, and are covered by most insurance companies.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Orem
It is important to have a clinical exam done in order to evaluate the airway that is compromised. It must be done before starting any insomnia or sleep disorder treatments.
Treatment for sleep disorders includes the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine and Oral Appliance Therapy. Patients who have severe OSA are advised to use the CPAP machine for their sleep disorder treatment. On the other hand, the oral appliance is recommended for patients with mild-moderate sleep apnea.
Treatment For Sleep Disorders is Most Important
One of the most important things you can do for your overall health is getting treated for your sleep disorder. Not only will it help you feel better immediately, but it can also help you fight a number of psychological and physical ailments. Some of these include; cardiovascular disease, stroke, depression, metabolic disorders and much more.
For many years the CPAP machine has been the recommended treatment for sleep apnea. More recently, oral appliances have also been recognized as an important treatment option. Having multiple treatment options tend to overwhelm people and that is why it’s important to understand the benefits of the different treatment options. So, how do you decide which oral appliance is right? So far, the benefits from all the oral appliances on the market do not compare to the DNA or (Daytime/Nighttime Appliance).
Daytime/Nighttime Benefits of the DNA
Oral appliances work well when they are worn, but they are generally only worn only at night. Potentially still causing breathing problems during the day. The DNA goes beyond just moving your jaw–it can also reshape it to the point where it can improve your facial appearance. It can also help with TMJ or even cure it. Most importantly, it can reshape your airway which gives you the ability to breathe. This is also known to treat your OSA, especially when combined with weight loss, exercise, etc. The key to being successful with the CPAP and Oral Appliances is ones ability to breathe well through their nose and a healthy Body Mass Index.
What Sleep Apnea Treatment Is Right For You?
If you are considering sleep apnea treatment options, it’s important to take the time to learn all the benefits of the CPAP, DNA and other oral appliances. To learn what Sleep Apnea Treatment is right for you, please call the Utah team at Vivos Sleep Center of Orem (801) 691-7365 for an appointment. You will be well on your way to better health today!