We adults are always trying to figure out why we just can’t sleep, and a new study says social media could be to blame. It’s an interesting theory, but as your trusted dental team, we know there’s another reason. It’s sleep apnea, an incredibly common condition that all too often goes unnoticed in its sufferers. So this morning, keep your hands off social media for a few minutes and take the time to learn about sleep apnea — that could do you and your sleep the most good of all.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition
It’s estimated that some 22 million Americans are suffering from sleep apnea, with many of them not realizing what’s causing their daytime fatigue and confusion. Because its effects are similar to those of other problems affecting sleep, like depression or anxiety, the condition is far too often un- or misdiagnosed. Learning about sleep apnea can help you recognize its symptoms in yourself or a loved one.
Basics of sleep apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type of the condition, occurs when the mouth becomes so relaxed during sleep that its parts collapse into the back of the throat, partially or completely blocking airflow. Symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Daytime fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating
- Chronic headaches
- Waking with dry mouth
These symptoms seem minor enough, but left untreated, sleep apnea can cause serious health problems. In fact, the condition has been linked to heart disease, heart attack and stroke. If you suspect you or a loved one are suffering from the condition, don’t wait to seek treatment from your Prince Albert dentist.
How we treat sleep apnea
Once Dr. Janzen or Dr. Gogolinski have diagnosed you with sleep apnea, that’s actually great news — it means you’re one big step closer to finding a solution to your interrupted sleep. Your Prince Albert dentist treats sleep apnea using a custom-fit, removable oral device you wear only during sleep. It works by holding your lower jaw and tongue in place, preventing their collapse and keeping your airway free. That means a blissful, uninterrupted night’s sleep for you and your partner — sweet relief for anyone who has suffered from the exhausting effects of sleep apnea.
Tired of not sleeping soundly? Schedule your sleep consultation today
When you’re fed up with your interrupted sleep cycle, it’s time to do something about it. Call our office to schedule a sleep apnea or snoring consultation with Dr. Janzen and Dr. Gogolinski! We are happy to help patients in and around Prince Albert regain their ability to sleep through the night.