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DeMotte Sleep Apnea Treatment

Imagine a night of restful sleep, only to wake up feeling tired, with a dry mouth and a throbbing headache. These are common symptoms of a condition known as sleep apnea. This medical disorder is characterized by repeated interruptions in breathing during sleep, often leading to disrupted sleep and potential health risks. At Distinctive Dental Solutions, our team is committed to improving your overall health and quality of life. We offer comprehensive services for patients with sleep apnea. Let us help you protect your health and get a better night’s rest.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea, a common yet often overlooked condition, is characterized by repeated interruptions in breathing during sleep. These interruptions, or apneas, can occur hundreds of times in a night, leading to disrupted sleep and potential health risks.

There are various types of sleep apnea, each with its unique causes. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the throat relax, causing a narrowing of the airway. Central sleep apnea arises when the brain fails to send the necessary signals to prompt muscles to breathe. Complex sleep apnea syndrome, on the other hand, is a combination of both obstructive and central forms of sleep apnea.

How Is It Diagnosed?

The symptoms of sleep apnea may not always be apparent to the sufferer. They can include loud snoring, daytime drowsiness, headaches upon waking, trouble concentrating, irritability, dry mouth upon waking, and gasping for air while sleeping.

Diagnosis of sleep apnea usually involves observing these symptoms, discussing them with a healthcare professional, and undergoing tests such as a polysomnogram (PSG). A PSG studies physical and cognitive activities that occur during sleep. It collects information from electrical signals around the throat, neck area, and brain to examine how this area moves while asleep. Other tests that may be used include a home sleep test (HST) and various sensors to track eye movement, muscle activity, heart rate, and rhythm.

Our DeMotte Sleep Apnea Treatment

Once a diagnosis is made by a board-certified sleep physician, the team at Distinctive Dental Solutions can provide treatments such as oral appliances or referrals for more specialized treatments if necessary.

Oral appliances are custom-made mouthpieces that help keep the airway open during sleep. They are removable, easy to clean, and can provide relief for obstructive sleep apnea. Instructions are provided on how to use and care for the oral appliance to ensure its effectiveness.

In more severe cases, lifestyle changes such as weight loss and sleeping position adjustments may be recommended. For some individuals, a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine may be necessary to help them breathe during sleep.

The Importance of Getting Treated

Sleep apnea is a real disease that can be troublesome and even life-threatening. It can lead to disrupted sleep and various health risks. Therefore, it is crucial to get diagnosed and find the right treatment to improve your sleep and overall health.

Untreated sleep apnea can lead to chronic sleep issues and increase the risk of complications such as high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attacks. By seeking treatment, you can improve your sleep quality, reduce symptoms like snoring and daytime drowsiness, and potentially lower the risk of associated health problems.

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Sleep apnea is a common condition with various causes and symptoms. It is important to undergo testing to diagnose the specific type and severity of sleep apnea. Our team at Distinctive Dental Solutions is here to assist you in finding the right treatment for your sleep apnea. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards better sleep and overall health.

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