Snoring? Trouble sleeping? You may be suffering from “Sleep Apnea”
Sleep Apnea Snoring Treatment By Dr. Chie Li Ee, DMD – Dentist in Cape May, NJ
We all need our beauty sleep, and not just so we can avoid feeling tired and having dark circles under our eyes in the morning. Sleep – just like exercise and a healthy diet – is an essential part of maintaining good health.
Unfortunately, nearly 1 in every 15 Americans is losing sleep every night because of sleep apnea. We can help with Sleep Apnea Treatment.
Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
The three most common symptoms of sleep apnea are:
- unexplained sleepiness during the day
- restless sleep during the night
- heavy snoring
Other symptoms may include headaches, mood changes, decreased sex drive, increased heart rate, unexplained weight gain, insomnia, frequent heartburn, trouble concentrating, and more.
About Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a fairly common sleep disorder caused by pauses in breathing during your sleep. People with sleep apnea actually stop breathing (sometimes for over a minute) while they are asleep! Most people don’t even realize that this is happening, but they wake up tired and don’t know why they aren’t getting a good night’s sleep.
The most common type is caused by an obstruction of the airway. When your body relaxes during sleep, the soft tissues in your throat and nasal passages also relax. If you suffer from sleep apnea, those relaxed tissues – along with your tonsils, uvula, and/or tongue – may block your airway and restrict your breathing.
How Sleep Apnea Treatment Works
In order to identify a solution for your sleep apnea, Dr. Ee will first assess your condition to determine the specific cause of your sleep apnea. This may include a physician’s consult and sleep study.
Different diagnoses will require different treatments. These may include lifestyle changes, such as changing your diet, avoiding alcohol before bed, losing weight, or sleeping in a different position.
A dental appliance (such as a mouthguard/nightguard) may be used to help correct your bite and position your mouth so that the airway obstruction is minimized or eliminated.
In some cases, surgical procedures may be required. Dr. Ee will discuss your options with you to determine the best course of action for your individual circumstances.
Let us take care of your sleep apnea so you can get a good night’s rest.
Contact our office to schedule a consultation today.