Management of Sleep Apnea
Sleep is a state of mind that is very essential for healthy living. A person who gets sufficient sleep is active and healthier compared to a person who lacks sleep. Sleep deficiency is linked to many bodily conditions, some of which can be potentially life-threatening. Sleep apnea is one of the major disorders that are affecting the people of United States. The condition does not allow a person to get sufficient sleep and leads to many health problems. It is characterized by loud snoring and breathing pauses during sleep. The condition needs to be treated at the earliest to improve the quality of life and to avoid the dangers of accidents. If you or your bed partner snores loudly and are finding it difficult to get sound sleep, visit our dental office at Sandgate, Queensland for a routine checkup. Our dentist listens to patients concerns and performs tests to tell if a person has sleep apnea. Our treatments for sleep apnea have let many people in and around the city of Sandgate, Queensland get sufficient sleep. Visit our office to know more about the disorder and how it is treated.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition where the patient suffers from breathing pauses during sleep. As a result, the patient wakes up frequently to start breathing again. This stops the patient from getting sufficient sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea which is one of the common forms of sleep apnea is a condition wherein the soft tissues at the back of the throat of the patient collapse to block the airway. As a result, the patient stops breathing. When the oxygen level in the blood falls, the brain sends signals to the body to wake up and start breathing again. The breathing pause may last from few seconds to more than a minute. The cycle repeats many times. Patients experience fatigue and headache when they wake up.
How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
Sleep apnea is difficult to diagnose since the characteristics of the problem are evident when the patient is asleep. Our dentist collects information from the bedtime partner of the patient and may send the patient to a sleep center to study the case. Other symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Day-time drowsiness
- Difficult concentrating on daily activities
These symptoms play a role in understanding the problem of the patient. On confirmation that the patient is suffering from sleep apnea a suitable treatment plan is set.
How is sleep apnea treated?
Sleep apnea appliances and equipment are available to help patients get better sleep. The appliance is designed by our team and is convenient to wear. It moves the jawbone slightly forward such that the airway remains open. This ensures that the patient can breathe properly and hence get sound sleep. CPAP is a system which supplies air at a pressure slightly higher than the atmosphere. This keeps the airway of the patient open during sleep. The patient wears a mask through which the equipment supplies air. This treatment solution has worked well for many of our patients.