Deep, restful sleep can make a difference in the quality of your daily life. What if you never got a full night of healthy sleep? That’s what people who have sleep apnea deal with every day. Fortunately, it’s something we can help you treat at our office in Tigard, OR.
What is sleep apnea?
This is a sleep disorder, which results in breathing stoppages when someone falls asleep. These stoppages can occur dozens or hundreds of times every night. This can prevent people from reaching the stages of deep sleep.
How can I know if I have sleep apnea?
The only way to know for sure is to undergo a sleep test. Gregory Williams, DMD, can help you arrange a test if needed. To find out if you should get a sleep test, get to know the common symptoms of this condition. Loud and persistent snoring, frequent breathing stoppages while sleeping, waking up feeling tired or fatigued, waking up with headaches or a dry mouth, and daytime sleepiness are some of the most common indicators of sleep apnea.
How can sleep apnea be treated?
Any treatment for this condition must help you continue breathing while you are sleep. CPAP machines do this by blowing air into your airway via a mask worn. Unfortunately, many people find this difficult to wear and use. At our dentist office, we can create a nightguard that slightly shifts the position of your lower jaw. This adjustment helps to keep your airways open throughout the night.