Do I Have Sleep Apnea

If you often wake up feeling lethargic and exhausted, you may have a condition known as sleep apnea. Patients suffering from sleep apnea frequently stop breathing for short periods during their sleep. The condition can pose a serious threat to your health because, if not treated, it could affect your internal organs. It has been proven that it could contribute to heart diseases, stroke, and organ failures. A simple, non-invasive treatment can help rectify this problem.

Dr. Askari at Rosemont Dental in Frederick, MD, would be happy to discuss your condition and then recommend a further course of action.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a health condition that affects your breathing, preventing your body from receiving enough oxygen to function correctly. Without adequate oxygen, you will feel tired and sluggish. As the symptoms occur at night, most people are usually unaware that they suffer from sleep apnea.

How Could Sleep Apnea Impact Your Health?

Sleep apnea could greatly increase your chances of developing other health-related problems such as:

  • Heart attack
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Gastric reflux
  • Heart failure

What Are the Types of Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) 

Obstructive sleep apnea is a health situation that affects your throat's muscles and soft tissue, obstructing your airway. This obstruction forces your diaphragm and chest muscles to work harder at drawing in oxygen to make your breathing easier. When the condition is severe, your lungs may not receive the necessary oxygen to breathe properly, leading to irregular heartbeats and reduced oxygen flow to vital organs.  

Central Sleep Apnea

It is a disorder in which the brain does not send signals to the muscles responsible for breathing. This may stop your breathing temporarily during sleep and needs the intervention of a specialist.

How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?

At Rosemont Dental, we encourage our patients to first choose non-invasive treatment options. An oral appliance is a convenient treatment option as it does not make any noise and is highly discreet. 

However, some patients may need a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine to provide them with surplus oxygen. Another option for OSA is to have surgery to remove the fatty tissue obstructing your airway.

How Does an Oral Appliance Work?

An oral appliance is specifically custom-made for your mouth, so it fits firmly and steadily. The appliance has to be worn before going to sleep. It works by holding your lower jaw in the forward position to prevent your tongue from falling backward and thus keeping the airway clear. For most patients, this appliance is adequate to get relief from their condition. 

To learn more about sleep apnea, call Rosemont Dental in Frederick, MD, at (301) 663-114 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Askari.