March 22, 2013

A Bad Night’s Sleep Can Be Dangerous

A good night’s sleep can be hard to achieve. Are you or is someone you love constantly snoring, suffering from potentially dangerous sleep apnea which is keeping you from getting quality rest at night?

If you or your significant other is waking up two to three times a night with severe snoring or if you feel drowsy and find it hard to concentrate during the day, it could be because of sleep apnea.

In order to give your family and your work the focus they deserve, you need a good night’s sleep. Anyone suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) will wake up several times a night. This means you are not achieving all four necessary stages of sleep which will leave you unable to concentrate, forgetful and irritable throughout the day.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea and is caused by an obstruction of the upper airway. One of most common symptoms is repetitive pauses in breathing during sleep and is a common reason why people don't get the necessary healthy sleep they need.

Of course, those who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea need to breathe and get oxygen into their lungs while sleeping, so their body wakes them up. If the body is waking itself before reaching all four stages of sleep, it will not get the rest it needs.

Insufficient sleep results in more than just daytime fatigue, slower reaction time, and an inability to concentrate. Constant fatigue can also lead to respiratory disease, stroke and heart attack.

A CPAP machine (continuous positive air pressure) has been the most common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. A CPAP machine is an air mask that only allows you to sleep in one position, is uncomfortable and to some, embarrassing.

Now there is a better way to treat mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. OSA can be treated by making a custom fitted sleep appliance that goes right into your mouth and positions your jaw to allow the maximum amount of oxygen into the lungs. This custom appliance is more comfortable, non-restrictive and far less embarrassing. People find it much more comfortable than a CPAP machine.

To find out more about sleep apnea and your treatment options, contact Dream Smile Dental.