During a sleep study, a medical technician monitors a patient's vitals throughout the night. At Monterey Peninsula Smiles, our dentist will analyze the study's results to diagnose sleep disorders or conditions associated with altered breathing during sleep, such as sleep apnea. The patient can then benefit from treatment recommendations based on the findings from the study. Some patients are referred to a sleep study by their dentist, while others choose a facility after learning about their treatment options, including oral appliance therapy.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which you stop breathing while asleep. This interrupted breathing can occur up to hundreds of times each night. Pauses in breathing can last for seconds, minutes, or even longer. Pauses in breathing typically occur when the muscles in the back of the throat relax during sleep. These muscles are responsible for keeping air passages open while you sleep. When these muscles relax too frequently, they can block your airway and cause pauses in breathing. People with sleep apnea usually feel tired during the day, even after having a whole night of consecutive rest. This is because your brain never gets the signal that your body is resting. As a result, you may still feel fatigued throughout the day. You may also notice other symptoms, such as snoring and waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat. If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause more severe health problems, such as high blood pressure, stroke, and even death.
Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea's most common signs and symptoms include loud snoring, restless sleep, and tiredness even after a full night’s sleep. These initial symptoms can become more severe, such as chronic fatigue, depression, or high blood pressure. You must speak with your doctor if you experience any of these issues for an extended period.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to even more severe health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. This is why it is essential to seek treatment for this condition as soon as possible. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, your dentist can provide you with oral appliance therapy to help treat your disease. By wearing a custom-fitted oral appliance while sleeping, you will be able to maintain a more open airway throughout the night and prevent your soft tissues from collapsing into your airways. This, in turn, will help stop your snoring and allow you and your partner to get a good night’s rest.
If you snore loudly and frequently feel tired during the day despite getting full sleep, visit Monterey Peninsula Smiles at 3154 De Forest Rd Suite A, Marina 93933.