Sleep Apnea

Waking up in the morning feeling rested and refreshed enables you to feel ready to tackle the day ahead. However, for millions of Americans, this feeling seems out of reach. Instead of waking up ready to start the day, they wake up feeling exhausted, even though they went to bed at a decent hour the night before. Instead of meeting the day head-on, they trudge through it. If this sounds familiar, you may be living with a condition known as sleep apnea. Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery can help.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

When you sleep, your body goes through two cycles. These cycles are repeated several times throughout the night, enabling your body to rest and recover. Sleep apnea is a condition that affects your sleep and causes you to wake up several times throughout the course of the night. These disruptions occur because you stop breathing for several seconds. You may not even be aware that you are waking up, but every time you do, your body has to start the sleep cycles over again. Sleep apnea varies in severity from mild, which is 5 to 14 apneic events per sleeping hour, to severe, which is 30 or more apneic events per sleeping hour.

Sleep Apnea at Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery

Types of Sleep Apnea

There are two different types of sleep apnea.
•  Obstructive sleep apnea. Often referred to as OSA, this is the most common type of sleep apnea. It occurs due to a blockage of your airways, usually your tongue or other excess oral tissues.
•  Central sleep apnea. This type of sleep apnea occurs when the communication between your brain and the breathing muscles fails.

What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

Feeling exhausted every morning is only one symptom of sleep apnea. Other symptoms include:
•  Snoring.
•  Waking up with a dry or a sore throat.
•  Having difficulty staying awake throughout the day, even while doing tasks such as driving.
•  Trouble focusing.
•  Irritability, and trouble controlling your emotions.
•  Health effects. If you have been suffering from sleep apnea for a while, it can have significant consequences on your overall health, leading to issues such as weight gain, getting sick more easily and more often, and depression. You are also at an increased risk for issues such as diabetes and heart disease.

Sleep Apnea Diagnosis

Before getting treatment, sleep apnea needs to be diagnosed. Diagnosing involves a sleep study, which is often done in a sleep clinic, although it can also be done in your home. During a sleep study, you are attached to machines that monitor and record your breathing and other vitals, as well as electrical signals in the body. The recordings are then looked over by a trained sleep professional who can then diagnose you and recommend treatments.

How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?

There are numerous treatments for sleep apnea.
•  Weight loss.
•  CPAP. A CPAP machine is one of the most common treatments for OSA. It is a machine that delivers continuous positive air pressure through a small mask that is worn over your nose while you sleep, and is designed to keep your airway open.
•  Oral appliances. An oral appliance is a custom fit device that is worn over your top teeth, similar to a sports mouthguard, that is designed to keep your jaw in proper alignment, preventing it from sliding back. This then aids in keeping your airway open so that you can breathe.
•  Oral surgery. If no other treatments can help, you may be recommended for oral surgery. There are different procedures that may be done based on your specific situation. These procedures may include removing excess tissue or moving the jaw forward.

If you are constantly waking up feeling more tired than you went to bed and finding it difficult to get through your days, you may be living with sleep apnea today. Call Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery today for more information and to schedule your consultation at (734) 455-0710.


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