Sleep Apnea

Why You Should Eliminate Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition that affects countless people, many of whom may not even know they have the condition. Those that have sleep apnea may have a hard time functioning normally in life, due to the issues that arise from the condition. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that results in shallow breathing or pauses in breathing while sleeping. When this happens, your body is unable to fully get into REM sleep stages, which means that you will not be getting nearly the amount of sleep that you should be during a nights rest. For example, patients who have sleep apnea and attempt to get a solid eight-hours of sleep per night will get a considerable less amount of restful sleep, which will likely leave them groggy and feeling sleeping throughout the next day. As you can probably imagine, this can have lasting affects on the overall quality of life.

Luckily, due to how common sleep apnea is, there are plenty of options for working to overcome it while sleeping. When a patient takes the necessary precautions to get rid of sleep apnea, they can once again get a more restful sleep by falling deep into REM sleep cycles. If you feel incredibly fatigued or tired, but are unable to determine why this is happening, then consider consulting with Dr. Nicholas Pile to determine if you may be suffering from sleep apnea. If so, you can take action to once again get a better night’s sleep.

Oral Sleep Apnea Devices

There are a multitude of different options to consider when it comes to treating sleep apnea. Some of them can be quite intrusive, making them something that you likely won’t want to wear on a nightly basis. After all, the idea is to get better sleep, not be distracted by something that is keeping you awake from wearing it. Instead of these options, Dr. Nicholas Pile can help you find the perfect oral sleep apnea device that will not be intrusive to your overall health or sleeping capabilities.

One option for a sleep apnea device includes a tongue retaining appliance. These devices will hold your tongue forward, so that it does not cause a blockage in the airway in the back of your throat. Many times, the problems that come from sleep apnea are due to the tongue not allowing airflow to pass appropriately throughout the mouth. But with a tongue retaining appliance, you can avoid this from happening to you, while remaining comfortable during sleep.

An alternative option for an oral sleep apnea device is a mandibular repositioning appliance. Instead of controlling the tongue, these devices will keep the jaw in a position that makes for better airflow throughout the oral cavity. This device also helps stimulate muscle activity in the tongue, which will allow for better breathing patterns.

Sleep Apnea Classifications and Symptoms

Like many other medical issues, sleep apnea has different classifications and symptoms that will vary from patient to patient. Most commonly, the three types of sleep apnea include central apnea syndrome, obstructive apnea syndrome, and hypoventilation and hypoxemia syndromes. It is important to remember that all of these classifications can happen in both newborns, infants, teenagers and adults. Furthermore, there are a variety of different considerations that go into play when it comes to why someone may have sleep apnea. Though it’s not always the case, your body, mouth formation or natural breathing patterns all will contribute to those that have sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea Diagnosis

One great way to determine whether or not you have sleep apnea is to have someone observe your sleeping patterns. For those that are married, ask your partner whether or not you sleep or if they notice abnormal breathing that comes from you throughout the night. If you are a parent, you can make the same observations to your children if you think there may be issues. Another way to observe your sleeping is to make a sleep diary pertaining to your sleep history for one to two weeks. You can then bring this to Dr. Pile and discuss the potential concerns in play. Dr. Pile can then give you a physical exam, while looking at your airways and whether or not you have any type of restrictions.

Sleep apnea is not something that has to affect you for the rest of your life. Instead, there are plenty of options to resolve these issues, which will allow you to get back to a normal functioning life. You can trust Dr. Nicholas Pile to help you evaluate any concerns that you have, in a safe and welcoming environment. If you have concerns or questions that you think relate to sleep apnea, contact Element Dental in Anthem and Dr. Nicholas Pile today.

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