Your Guide to Sleep Apnea
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleeping disorder that interferes with your breathing, waking you up repeatedly throughout the night. This is because OSA causes your throat muscles to collapse and block your airway, jolting you awake every time your flow of oxygen is cut off.
This pattern can repeat as often as 30 times per hour, preventing you from getting the restorative rest you need.
How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea can result in major consequences without treatment, ranging from high blood pressure to heart disease. If you notice any of the following symptoms, schedule an appointment with a qualified sleep doctor right away:
- Loud, disruptive snoring
- Gasping or choking sounds while you sleep
- Daytime fatigue/lack of energy
- Short attention span/memory problems
- Dry mouth, sore throat, and/or headaches when you wake up
- Mood swings
- Decreased libido
Testing for Sleep Apnea
The only way to know for sure if you have sleep apnea is to undergo a sleep test, either in a professionally-monitored setting or using a take-home device. After you’re finished, you can visit a qualified sleep doctor who will evaluate your results and provide you with an accurate diagnosis.
If you’re diagnosed with OSA, your doctor will likely recommend a CPAP mask. Worn while you sleep, this device pumps a continuous stream of pressurized air into your lungs, keeping your airway open overnight.
Though CPAP has shown to be effective when used properly, long-term compliance rates are low. Many patients complain that the machine is too bulky and loud, while the mask is uncomfortable to sleep with. It’s also extremely inconvenient to travel with.
As an alternative to CPAP, Dr. Dailley can customize a mandibular advancement device (MAD) just for you. Small, comfortable, and convenient, these oral appliances subtly shift your lower jaw forward to keep your airway open while you sleep, allowing you to breathe without interruption.
In addition, Dr. Dailley will likely recommend some lifestyle changes to manage your symptoms. These can include maintaining a regular sleeping schedule, exercising more frequently, eating a healthier diet, and more.
Visit Dailey Dental Care for Sleep Apnea Treatment
If you have sleep apnea, it’s essential to get treatment as soon as you can. When you visit Dr. Dailley, he’ll work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that caters to your specific needs.
Contact our practice in Berkeley and schedule your consultation today. It’s the first step to a better night’s sleep.