Sleep Apnea Treatment
Chronic morning headaches could indicate that you may have a sleep disorder. Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans, though as many as 80% of those with the disorder are undiagnosed. Left untreated, sleep apnea can affect your overall health by increasing your risk of hypertension, cardiovascular problems and stroke. Individuals suffering from the disorder wake up feeling fatigued and not feeling rested.
Sleep apnea interrupts your rest by waking you up during sleep. These interruptions can occur a few times a night or hundreds of times, leaving you feeling very tired when you wake up. The disorder causes you to momentarily stop breathing. With obstructive sleep apnea, the soft tissues at the back of the throat collapse when the muscles relax during sleep. This cuts off the airway, and the brain must signal you to wake up and begin breathing again. Breathing may stop for as long as 30 seconds or more. Sleep apnea can be as frustrating for your bed partner as it is for you.
Diagnosing sleep apnea may require a sleep study to determine the best way to treat the problem. Some individuals will find relief by using a nightguard which positions the jaw in such a way that the airway can stay open during sleep. Other individuals may benefit from a CPAP machine which provides a constant stream of air into the airway so the soft tissues do not collapse when relaxed.
Relief from Snoring and Teeth Grinding
Snoring and teeth grinding can also interfere with restful sleep for both you and your partner. Custom-made nightguards can prevent snoring and teeth grinding. This dental appliance is worn while sleeping and prevents the upper and lower teeth from touching. It also keeps the jaw in a position that prevents the soft tissues from partially obstructing the airway when relaxed. This eliminates snoring.
If mornings find you feeling groggy and unrested or your partner complains about snoring or teeth grinding, you should be checked for a sleep disorder. Dr. Perkins has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating sleep apnea. Make an appointment today at Smiles in Malibu, and begin your journey toward a more restful sleep.