If you live in the Medford, OR area, we’d love to see your smiling face sometime in 2017. We are conveniently located on Hillcrest Park Drive and we are very accommodating when it comes to scheduling your dental appointments. Once entrusted to the care of Dr. Vareldzis and the rest of our team, you will find that you have a partner in oral health for life.
Today we want to talk about a condition that you may not expect the dentist to treat, but we do! It might make you miss sleep, or at least you’ll feel like you did the next day. We are talking about sleep apnea, a serious condition that adversely impacts the lives of millions of Americans each year. Keep reading to hear how we can help, and then be sure to follow up and schedule your next visit to Hillcrest Family Dentistry.
Spotting The Signs
How will you know that you are dealing with sleep apnea issues? Here are some big clues: you are told that you snore like a buzz saw; you are constantly feeling wiped out and can’t ever seem to get enough sleep; you wake up in the dead of night gasping for air; you wake up with a headache; you wake up with a sore or dry throat; you are irritable at the office and in your personal affairs.
If much of that sounds like the person you have become, it is important that you seek a diagnosis and, of course, treatment for sleep apnea right away.
Here’s the thing: if left undiagnosed or untreated, this condition can bring about a stroke, heart disease, etc. It will cause you to exhibit reckless behavior as a result of deep-sleep deprivation. What’s more, you’re susceptible to weight gain, insomnia, depression, hormone imbalances, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Even if you’re not suffering, the people in your family who can’t sleep because of your snoring might begin to resent you.
Don’t Overlook Sleep Apnea
Let’s start at the beginning: Central Sleep Apnea Disorder and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Disorder are the two main ways in which the condition manifests itself.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the one we see the most of. It happens when your throat muscles relax to the point that they obstruct your airways. This leads to extended breaks in night-time breathing and typically forces you to suddenly wake up struggling to catch your breath.
Since your brain is busy all night keeping you alive, when you wake up in the morning, you won’t feel rested at all! This is not any kind of way to go through life.
But there is some good news: obstructed sleep apnea is something that we are able to treat effectively in our Medford, OR dentist’s office. There are a few strategies we can use to restore some sanity to your life.
Dr. Vareldzis can give you a measuring device to take home so you can do a sleep study right in your own bed. You will want to recreate your normal nighttime routine, so it only makes sense to conduct the study in your house. Once Dr. Vareldzis has reviewed the data from that test, he can offer some treatment plans.
There is a machine known as CPAP that is commonly prescribed for folks with sleep apnea. It can help some people, the trouble for many is that it is hard to incorporate into their lifestyle.
Fortunately, there are other options too.
We always suggest self-corrective strategies initially. Dropping those extra pounds, changing your normal sleeping position, and giving up alcohol and tobacco can vastly improve your sleep apnea troubles. Trust us, it will be worth it.
Still, simple adjustments may not be enough to alleviate your sleeping woes without the help of an oral appliance. And some factors just can’t be changed! These include: having a larger neck size than 17 inches, propensity for acid reflux, and enlarged tonsils or tongue.
As dental health professionals, we can set you up with a sleep apnea appliance that pulls the lower jaw forward to open up the airways during sleep and restricts the tongue from blocking the airways.
This will help with the snoring and allow you to finally sleep peacefully. By eliminating your sleep apnea, once and for all, you’ll feel better-rested in the morning and more “with it” throughout the day and evening.
A Normal Life Awaits!
To diagnose and treat your snoring and sleep apnea, contact us right away!
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