In order to keep yourself healthy and happy, you must be able to get plenty of rest at night. When something happens that limits the amount of sleep that you are able to get – especially if it is something that disturbs the deep sleep we need in order to replenish energy levels and function – it is possible that you could experience a consistent decline in the state of both your mental and physical health. One of the most common sleep issues that can cause fatigue and a lack of energy during the is known as sleep apnea. If you are suffering from sleep apnea, or believe that you might be suffering from sleep apnea, Canyon Oral & Facial Surgery can help.
What is sleep apnea?When we sleep, just as we do when we are awake, we must breath at a regular pace in order to keep our bodies functioning smoothly. When something happens to disturb our breathing, it can cause all sorts of issues. Sleep apnea, then, is a disorder that is characterized by frequent pausing of breath while sleeping. An example of this might be a person who enters deep sleep, and then begins to experience rapid pauses in their breath that last anywhere from a second or two to longer than a minute. All of this pausing is not good for your sleep, and in most instances, you actually pull yourself out of deep sleep in order to correct your breathing disturbance.
Sleep apnea can be a chronic condition, and it is caused by airflow obstruction when you fall asleep. This means that, if not treated, you could simply continue to become more and more tired as the days pass.
How is sleep apnea diagnosed?Sleep apnea is not an easy issue to diagnose. Given that it only occurs when you sleep and there are no indications in blood tests, you can imagine how difficult the diagnosis procedure can be. Most cases go undiagnosed, in fact, with victims simply wandering throughout their days growing a bit more tied with each night that passes. If you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea, you should visit your doctor in order to undergo some testing, including sleep testing, that could help definitively determine whether or not this is the issue with which you are dealing.
How can you help with my sleep apnea?If you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea, we can help you find treatment options that allow you to get back to sleep! Certain oral appliances, for example, are useful in keeping your airways open and preventing obstruction – and, in turn, pauses in breathing – from occurring. When you visit us, we can take a look at your symptoms and your mouth, throat, and jaw, and determine what kind of oral appliance or treatment method might be most effective for your needs.
To learn more about sleep apnea and how Canyon Oral & Facial Surgery can help, give us a call today at Centennial Hills: (702) 660-5574, Summerlin: (702) 660-5576 and speak with one of our experienced staff members!