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Sleep Apnea - More Common Than You Might Think

November 29, 2020
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Posted By: Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS Staff
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Sleep apnea is a sleep condition notable for abnormal breathing during rest.

Patients who suffer from sleep apnea experience extended pauses while breathing as they sleep. These pauses in breathing result in low-quality sleep and affect the body's oxygen supply, creating a host of serious health conditions.

Do you snore loudly and constantly? Do you continually feel tired even after going to bed early? You might have sleep apnea.

How to Tell if You Have Sleep Apnea

Common signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring every night
  • Dry or sore throat
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Drowsy during day
  • Inability to concentrate or function
  • Irritability 

Our Wilmington dental team can help you determine if you suffer from sleep apnea and how best to treat it.

What Are the Causes of Sleep Apnea?

Many variables can increase the risk of your airway being blocked during sleep, including:

  • Obesity
  • Medication
  • Smoking
  • Sleeping on your back
  • Sinus congestion

How Can I Treat Sleep Apnea?

To truly treat your sleep apnea, we may recommend a sleep study to analyze your breathing and sleep.

Patients diagnosed with sleep apnea often find that effective treatment helps improve their sleep and lowers their risk for long-term health conditions.

Sometimes the best solution is changing bad habits or lifestyles, such as smoking, losing weight, eating better, and exercise. To help with breathing obstruction, we may recommend a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. This device pushes air through a mask to help keep your airway open. 

We also recommend oral appliance therapy, which uses mouthguards to hold the jaw and tongue in place.

Do You Have Trouble Sleeping in Wilmington, DE?

Poor sleep can make daily activities a challenge. It's hard to maintain focus and concentration when all you want to do is curl up and nap.

At the dental office of Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS, we completely understand. Depending on your specific needs, we will design a sleep treatment plan that allows you to finally enjoy a good night's rest. Contact us to setup your appointment for Sleep Apnea treatment!

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