Do you often experience sudden jolts in the middle of sleep due to the inability to breathe. Have you woken up startled and gasping for air, making the experience of sleeping a horrible one? You might be suffering from a condition called sleep apnea, the partial or complete closure of the airway that is caused due to the collapse of the tissues from the roof of the throat. Here, the throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep, depriving the the regular supply of oxygen to the lungs. This is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). When the lungs fail to suck in air as the brain wouldn’t signal them in time, the condition is called Central Sleep Apnea (CSA). Despite the cause of the condition, sleep apnea has to be treated at the earliest to prevent complications.
Signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:
- Feeling tired all during the day.
- Loud snoring.
- Episodes of stopped breathing during sleep.
- Abrupt awakenings followed by gasping or choking.
- Dry mouth or sore throat.
- Morning headache.
- Difficulty concentrating during the day.
How can sleep apnea be treated?
At Montpelier Family Dentistry, we give great importance to the treatment of sleep apnea as we understand the severity of this health condition. Patients can make a few changes to their everyday routine by getting rid of a few unhealthy habits to get relief from sleep apnea. Some of them are avoiding the consumption of alcohol and smoking cigarettes, eating healthy, exercising regularly, sleeping in a comfortable and relaxed posture, etc. In addition to this, you may also need dental appliances to sleep better.
We offer simple oral appliances such as a customized-mandibular advancement device. Patients will have to put it on before going to bed, which keeps the airway open while you sleep peacefully. It brings the lower jaw forward and keeps the tissues of the roof of the throat from collapsing. You may also be asked to use a CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. It is a device that supplies oxygen to your body through a pressurized oxygen cylinder and a comfortably fitting mask. By continuously maintaining a positive airway pressure, sleep apnea will be prevented.