• Snoring and Sleep Apnea

  • Sleep apnea Longmont dentistIf you aren’t getting enough sleep, the short hours of darkness we get during the summer months are going to waste and can cause any number of problems.  Sleep apnea and snoring are two common causes as to why you are not getting the right amount of sleep.   Tiredness is frustrating when you don’t understand how to find a solution.   So, let’s take a look at how your Longmont dentist can help you get a better night of sleep.

     

    Get more sleep

    Enjoying the glorious days of summer is difficult when you are not well-rested.  Late nights out with friends around a campfire, or early mornings full of chores and activities are normal this time of year.  Rather than interrupting your day with a nap to catch up on sleep, take the time to talk with our Longmont dentist and your family doctor about your sleep habits.  If you feel snoring is the problem, our staff can recommend a dental appliance that will help open up your airway.

     

    Sleep Apnea

    Snoring can lead to sleep apnea; a situation where your breathing is interrupted or compromised while you sleep.  This medical condition is typically characterized by three categories:

    1. OSA:  Obstructive Sleep Apnea
    2. CSA: Central Sleep Apnea
    3. Mixed

    OSA is when your breathing is compromised by the soft tissues in your nasal and oral cavities.  A Longmont dentist can create custom dental appliances that will help you regulate your breathing.  If you have CSA, a sleep specialist and your doctor can help you with a treatment plan.  For those with both CSA and OSA forms of sleep apnea, our dentist will work with your doctors to determine what solutions are best for you.

     

    The Dangers of Sleep Apnea

    If you avoid treatment for your sleep apnea, various medical conditions occur.  Breathing problems lead to high blood pressure, fatigue, headaches, and depression.  Additionally, patients’ risk of heart attacks or strokes increase.  Asphyxiation is another problem.  Sleep apnea causes severe issues so it is important to seek immediate help.

     

    Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment

    As stated above, our Longmont dentist can treat OSA with a custom fitted mouth tray or tongue stabilizer.  A sleep specialist may also suggest a CPAP device.  Changing your sleeping position, pillows, and eliminating caffeine and alcohol are also recommended.  Proper diagnosis from your doctor and sleep specialist will determine what type of sleep apnea you have and your treatment will be based on those findings.

     

    Make sure your summertime is a time for fun and that you are well-rested for whatever plans you have.  Consult with our Longmont dentist if you feel sleep apnea is ruining your summer or visit us on Facebook for our oral health suggestions.  We want you to enjoy all that summer has to offer while getting a healthy night’s sleep at the same time.