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  • Sleep Apnea: Are you Sleeping Well this Summer?

  • sleep apnea frankfort orthodontistWith summer officially here, vacations are on the rise as are the lazy days that school-aged children look forward to all year round.  However, late nights and lack of structure can lead to sleep deprivation, cranky kids, and thus, unrested parents.  If you suffer from sleep apnea, it can be worse.  Not getting enough sleep, says our Frankfort orthodontist and staff, can lead to health issues down the road.

     

    What is Sleep Apnea?

    Sleep apnea is a medical condition in which breathing is interrupted during sleep.  It is generally characterized one of three ways: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Central Sleep Apnea (CSA), or Mixed; a combination of CSA and OSA.  The proper way to diagnose what type of sleep apnea you have is to be seen by a sleep specialist.  Various treatments are available for this condition including oral devices from our Frankfort orthodontist office if you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

     

    Is Sleep Apnea Dangerous?

    The effects of sleep apnea include a wide range of medical conditions especially when not properly treated.  Fatigue, high blood pressure, depression and headaches are problematic and common in sleep apnea patients.  These issues can lead to a heart attack, stroke, or asphyxiation.  The severity of sleep apnea means the body does not get enough rest and therefore puts you at risk.  If you have trouble sleeping or wake up feeling unrested and ill, talk with your doctor about what could be causing this.

     

    Is it Possible to Treat Sleep Apnea?

    Yes, sleep apnea treatments are available for all three types of this condition.  Typically, Frankfort orthodontist patients who have OSA benefit from an oral device. These keep the soft tissues of the mouth from obstructing your airway.  Our team is happy to work with your doctor and you to determine which dental appliance is best for your condition.  We recognize each case is unique.  In some cases we suggest a mouth tray custom-fit for your mouth.  In other cases, we recommend a device that stabilizes your tongue.  CPAP devices are another common treatment.  Whatever your needs are, our Frankfort orthodontist team is just a phone call away to get you a better night’s sleep.

     

    How do I know if I have Sleep Apnea?

    Patients who snore or have interrupted breathing while sleeping are often diagnosed with sleep apnea.  Other symptoms reported include feeling short of breath, headaches, insomnia, difficulty waking up, a sore throat, and forgetfulness.  The symptoms and signs of sleep apnea are hard to recognize at first, but they should never be ignored.  Consulting with a sleep specialist, family doctor, and our Frankfort orthodontist can help you sleep better and keep you healthy.

     

    Summer should be a time of fun and adventure; yet if you aren’t sleeping properly, the season can be hard to handle.  Take the time to invest in your health so you can enjoy all these warm months have to offer.  Check out our services on our Facebook page or online for more information, and feel free to call us with any questions you may have.