Snoring man and young woman. Couple sleeping in bed.
If you wake feeling exhausted, keep the house up all night snoring, or wake feeling short of breath you may be struggling with sleep apnea. 1 in 25 adult men and 1 in 50 adult women in the United States suffers from sleep apnea, the cessation of breath during sleep. While sleep apnea often goes untreated for years, it can be detrimental to patients who are unable to complete the restorative sleep cycle. Don’t take sleep apnea lying down, call the Kodish Dental Group to schedule a snoring consultation and find out how to stop snoring.
Sleep Apnea Defined by Your Fort Lauderdale Dentist
Sleep apnea is the repeated cessation of breathing throughout the night. Patients who suffer from sleep apnea can stop breathing 100s of times a night, or stop breathing for extended periods of time (up to a minute) throughout the night. There are two main types of sleep apnea, central and obstructive. Central sleep apnea (CSA) occurs when the brain does not signal the body to breathe, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the airway is blocked. OSA is far more common, and some patients even experience a combination of both types of apnea.
Do you Have Sleep Apnea, Fort Lauderdale?
The best way to determine whether you’re suffering from sleep apnea is to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled dentists or a local sleep specialist, but there are several warning signs you should be aware of. Excessive daytime tiredness is the most common symptom no matter what type of sleep apnea you suffer from. There are numerous tests available to help you determine whether your daytime sleepiness is severe enough to warrant a sleep study. Try performing an internet search for “excessive daytime sleepiness test.” Answer the test questions honestly to get a good indication of your level of exhaustion. Other signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Morning headaches
- Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
- Awakening throughout the night out of breath
- Snoring and wheezing while sleeping
- Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD) often called acid reflux
- Mood alterations like depression, loss of concentration and memory impairment
What’s a Sleep Study?
A sleep study uses electrodes and video and audio monitoring to allow physicians to record the number and duration of sleep apnea and hypopnea incidences. Apnea is the complete cessation of breathing whereas hypopnea is the shortening of breath. The test looks for the number of incidences of apnea and hypopnea per hour known as the Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI). Mild sleep apnea suffers can have results as low as 5 AHI, but many patients have a score of 30 AHI or higher indicating severe apnea.
Cure Sleep Apnea Call Your Fort Lauderdale Dentist
Patients who suffer from OSA don’t have to live with sleepless nights and exhausted days, a simple dental appliance from the Kodish Dental Group can help you sleep soundly. The most commonly prescribed treatment for both CSA and OSA is a Constant Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) system, but many patients find it more difficult to sleep with the loud, uncomfortable mask. Using a night guard to shift the lower jaw forward and open the airway is often a less invasive cure for patients with OSA.
Find Out More
If you’ve been recently diagnosed with OSA, are treating your OSA with a CPAP, or you think you may have sleep apnea, call your trusted dentists at the Kodish Dental Group to find out more about how we can help you sleep through the night. Our Fort Lauderdale, FL office invites patients from nearby Dania Beach, Hollywood, Plantation, Pembroke Pines, Miramar and beyond to find out more about their sleep apnea treatments.
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