We all need sleep to function properly and live healthy lives. Unfortunately, this necessary slumber doesn’t come easily to everyone. Sleep Apnea is a common disorder that you may have heard of every now and again, but how much do you really know about it? Do you know enough to determine whether or not you may even have sleep apnea? At Lakeside Smiles, our Holland MI dentist is dedicated to providing the finest quality care for many diseases and disorders, including sleep apnea. If your sleeping has been less than satisfactory, reading on and educating yourself about sleep apnea and it’s treatments might just be the saving grace you’ve been searching for.
Sleep apnea is the condition in which you actually stop breathing for short periods of time while sleeping. You might be thinking ‘well I’ve never just stopped breathing so I definitely don’t have this!’. However, most people with sleep apnea don’t even realize what is happening to them – thus the disorder goes undiagnosed very often. Breathing pauses may last only a few seconds to minutes, and they can occur thirty times or more in one hour. The results are poor quality of sleep, leaving you tired and sluggish during the day. It is usually a chronic condition, and can be very destructive to your sleeping patterns and everyday life.
There are many ways to start treating sleep apnea. The goals of all these treatments are to get you breathing regularly again during sleep, and to treat side effects of the disease like snoring and daytime tiredness. Our Holland MI dentist works with you to personalize your treatment; together we can figure out what will work best for you. Lifestyle changes may help with sleep apnea, such as avoiding alcohol and certain medicines, losing weight, sleeping differently, clearing your nasal passages, quitting smoking, and more. There are also mouthpieces that our Holland MI dentist can custom fit to you to help adjust your mouth and jaw so you can breathe better. There are also breathing devices called CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) that helps keep your airway open during sleep.
Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed because you cant notice your own sleeping habits if you are sleeping! Often it is a spouse or parent who notices the unusual sleeping behaviors. If you find yourself constantly tired during the day even if you are “getting enough sleep”, you may have sleep apnea. We invite you to visit our Holland MI dentist by calling 616-604-4937 or request an appointment on our website dentist-holland-mi.com. You can start getting quality sleep and feeling great again and we can help you achieve that.