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Sleep Apnea
Houston, TX

Sleep plays an important role in your life. It is a restorative process that allows your body not only to rest, enabling you to heal and restore both physically and mentally. In addition to getting enough sleep at night, it is important that you get quality sleep. If the quality of your sleep suffers, you can be left feeling utterly exhausted in the morning, like you never went to bed in the first place no matter what time you went to bed. While many people experience a bad night of sleep from time to time, millions of Americans deal with waking up extremely exhausted morning after morning. If this sounds like you, you may be living with a condition known as sleep apnea. Edge Dental can help.

What Exactly is Sleep Apnea?

When you sleep, your body goes through two different cycles. These cycles repeat several times during the course of the night, helping your body to rest and repair itself. Completing these cycles is crucial to ensuring that your body gets the rest that it needs. When you have sleep apnea, though, your breathing stops for several seconds. This causes your body to wake up partially, which jumpstarts your breathing again. When you fall back asleep, your body has to restart the sleep cycles all over again. These pauses in your breathing happen several times throughout the course of the night, making it impossible for your body to complete the necessary sleep cycles. As a result, you wake up feeling like you never went to sleep in the first place.

Sleep apnea ranges in severity. With mild sleep apnea, you have 5 to 14 apneic events per sleeping hour. With severe sleep apnea, you suffer 30 or more apneic events per hour. With your sleep disrupted so much, it is no wonder you wake up feeling incredibly tired. There are three types of sleep apnea.
•  Obstructive. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form, which is caused when your tongue or other oral tissues block your airway.
•  Central. Central sleep apnea occurs when there is a failure of communication between your brain and your breathing muscles.
•  Mixed. Mixed sleep apnea is a combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Waking up exhausted day after day is just one symptom of sleep apnea. Other symptoms include
•  Snoring.
•  Waking up with a dry or sore throat.
•  Feeling excessively tired throughout the course of the day.
•  Falling asleep during the day, even while working or while performing tasks that require significant attention such as driving.
•  Difficulty concentrating on tasks.
•  Irritability.
•  Trouble controlling your emotions.

When sleep apnea continues untreated, it can also have an impact on your health. Sleep apnea can lead to issues such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, low blood oxygen levels, and more.

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is diagnosed through a sleep study. This is usually done in a sleep lab, although it may be possible to complete a modified study from the comfort of your own home. Before you go to sleep, you are hooked up to machines that monitor your vitals, your breathing, and your muscle movements. The machines record this information, which is then interpreted by a sleep specialist. The specialist can diagnose sleep apnea or other sleep-related disorder, and prescribe treatment.

How is Sleep Apnea Treated?

There are a variety of different treatments for sleep apnea. These treatments include
•  Weight loss.
•  C-PAP. This is a machine that delivers a constant flow of air through a small mask worn over your nose, which helps to keep your airway open.
•  An occlusal or night guard. This is a specially made oral device that helps to keep your jaw in proper alignment. This keeps tissues from blocking your airway.
•  Oral surgery. Oral surgery may be recommended in severe cases.

With effective treatment, you can finally get the quality sleep you need to wake up feeling rested, refreshed, and ready to tackle the day ahead. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Edge Dental today at (281) 940-6960.

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