It’s Wednesday morning and you’re feeling exhausted as usual. You’d rather stay in bed, even though you went to bed as early as 10:00 p.m. last night! It doesn’t make any sense that you’re still feeling tired. Now your work day will suffer.
That is unless you pursue treatment for sleep apnea in Colorado Springs! If you aren’t familiar with this common condition, a simple oral appliance could make a huge difference!
What is Sleep Apnea?
Did you know that nearly 20 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? This disorder causes multiple lapses in breathing and forces you to wake up multiple times at night. Basically, this lapse occurs when the upper airway is blocked by your palate, tongue, and soft tissues of your throat. This stops you’re breathing for about 10 to 20 seconds.
At this point, the brain sends a signal to the body to resume breathing, causing you to choke and wake up. In some cases, people can stop breathing for even longer, causing a low level of oxygen in the blood. Regardless of the severity, it’s incredibly important to get this condition treated to regain healthy sleep.
Why is Getting Treatment Important?
To maintain many of the body’s regular functions as well as rejuvenate yourself, you need at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. Part of this regular sleep is deep or REM sleep, the type of sleep responsible for your circadian sleep cycle or inner clock progression. Without it, you’ll wake up groggy and find concentration more difficult.
Without treating sleep apnea, you risk losing this essential and restorative type of sleep. It will make basic tasks like remembering important information, staying focused during the work day, and even driving safely far more difficult. Even if you get to sleep the same time every night, avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed, and eliminate caffeine after lunch, sleep apnea can still disrupt your sleep. That’s why your dentist in Colorado Springs offers multiple oral appliances to get you back on schedule.
What Treatment Options are Available?
The best sleep apnea therapy is performed through custom-fitted oral appliances you wear while you sleep. These prevent the obstruction of your airway and therefore stop lapses in breathing from occurring.
The way they work is quite simple. They essentially reposition your jaw in such a way that prevents your airway from being blocked by your tongue and soft palate. Since they’re custom-made for your mouth, they fit snuggly on top of your teeth and stay in for the entire night, giving you your restful night back for good.
Not sure if you need treatment for sleep apnea in Colorado Springs? Schedule a consultation with your dentist today to take back your nights!
About the Author
Dr. Gregory M. Solich received his dental degree from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry. He’s also received post-graduate education from the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. To learn more about his sleep apnea therapy treatments and practice, contact him at (719) 548-9393 or visit his website.