Revolutionizing Sleep Apnea Treatments
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder. People who suffer from sleep apnea repeatedly stop and then restart breathing periodically during their sleep. By definition, suffers stop and start breathing a minimum of five times per hour throughout the night.
How Do You Know If You Have Sleep Apnea?
You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly, and you feel tired even after a full night’s sleep. Though it can affect anyone, even children, risks increase with age, obesity also tends to compound or make symptoms more likely. Patients suffering from sleep apnea may have impaired judgment, excessive sleepiness during waking hours. Depression and moodiness have also been characterised as common among those who suffer from long term, untreated sleep apnea. Patients with long term cases are also shown to have reduced cognitive ability, slower reflexes, and an impaired ability to make decisions based on priority.
Ultimately a medical exam, consultation and usually a sleep test can confirm the diagnosis and fully asses the severity of each case of sleep apnea.
Health Risks Associated with Untreated Sleep Apnea
Besides being more likely to be emotional and mental depressed, sleep apnea increases the risk of developing other physical ailments as well. There are scientific studies that have linked sleep apnea to an increased risk of diabetes as well as a higher incidence of liver disease, particularly diseases related to fatty liver disease. Patients suffering from sleep apnea can also stop breathing altogether, though it is less common, death can be associated with sleep apnea.
Living With and Treating Sleep Apnea
For decades many people have relegated themselves to getting treatment only as a last resort because traditional treatment and the only thing effective–until recently–were the face masks and Cpap machines that apnea patients would wear while sleeping. These were more effective than other treatments but they were cumbersome, loud, required an electrical outlet and rigorous cleaning and maintenance of long hoses and cords.
Recent advances in sleep apnea treatments tend toward a much more user friendly practicality, in turn increasing user compliance, ultimately making for a higher rate of success in treating. Some patients may be candidates for noninvasive laser therapy, that their trained and qualified dentist performs, to permanently improve or eliminate sleep apnea. After a complete examination and working closely with the patient’s physician and dentist, other patients may benefit from devices that correct nighttime breathing without the cumbersome Cpap machine.
Contact us if you suffer from sleep apnea to find out how our doctors can improve your quality of life by improving your quality of sleep.