Every day, do you wake up feeling tired and drowsy even after getting a full night’s rest? Do you also hear your partner complain about your loud, chronic snoring? Enduring bad sleep for prolonged periods of time can impact not just your relationships but also your quality of life. Although you could just brush these symptoms off small nuisances, they could indicate a more serious condition: sleep apnea. Read on to learn more about how Murphy Dental Home can help you finally sleep peacefully with sleep apnea therapy in Murphy, TX.
Sleep apnea occurs when proper breathing stops for stretches of time during sleep. The most common type, obstructive sleep apnea, is caused by facial tissues that relax and block or constrict the airway, often resulting in snoring sounds. When the brain receives insufficient oxygen, it triggers a stress response, waking up the patient just enough to resume normal breathing. As a result, the patient isn’t able to achieve deep sleep.
If you have the telltale symptoms of sleep apnea, you shouldn’t ignore them! Daytime drowsiness alone has many health and safety risks, including an increased likelihood of experiencing accidents, depression, poor memory, and mood swings. Perhaps more importantly, the spikes in blood pressure that accompany the stress signal can become more typical than atypical, meaning that untreated sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure all the time. This raises your risk for heart disease or a cardiovascular event like a heart attack.
Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, but snoring is a common symptom. So how do you know if your snoring points to this condition? Well, the only way to know for sure is to undergo a sleep study. However, if you find that you snore most nights and also experience daytime drowsiness, forgetfulness, or the inability to focus or remember, sleep apnea may be a likely culprit. A simple sleep study can reveal the cause of your sleep problems and lead you to treatments that can help.
Many patients try to use a CPAP machine to deal with their sleep apnea. Although this device can help open the airways by forcing air in, it is rather bulky and noisy. In fact, many find this uncomfortable treatment to be more disruptive than sleep apnea itself! The good news is that you have another choice: you can get a custom oral appliance with us at Murphy Dental Home. Basically, when you go to bed, you simply wear the oral appliance, which repositions the lower jaw forward and keeps facial tissues from obstructing airflow.
Although our team at Murphy Dental Home doesn’t perform the sleep study or use CPAP treatment, we work with trusted sleep experts who do. We can collaborate with these sleep physicians to make sure that you’re receiving the best possible care, whether it’s through an oral appliance, CPAP, or a combination of the two. If you would like to know which local sleep physicians Dr. Gandhi recommends, just give our dental office in Murphy a call!
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