Novi Cosmetic Dentist | Dr. Joseph Serra
Sleep apnea is a condition that can be caused by various health problems. When someone has sleep apnea, breathing stops frequently throughout the night. Breathing is essential to our living; we have to breathe to release carbon dioxide and take in oxygen. When you aren’t breathing in enough oxygen, often times you get dizzy, light-headed and feeling out of breath. Someone who has sleep apnea can stop breathing hundreds of times in one sleep cycle. Sleep apnea has also shown to shorten one’s lifespan because overtime it can cause organ failure due to lack of oxygen. Because of this, it’s important to treat your sleep apnea quickly and effectively.
At Dental Care Novi, we offer a physiologic type of appliance to help treat your sleep apnea. Although CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy is a common treatment for sleep apnea, patients tend to experience discomfort, trouble falling asleep and dry mouth or nose. The physiologic type of appliance that we offer for treatment allows for:
- a smaller device in your mouth
- your tongue to move around with the appliance in your mouth
- a fitted form to your mouth
Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The causes of obstructive sleep apnea has everything to do with the airway: specifically whether it is free of blockage when a person lays down to sleep. Airway blockage can be caused by:
- Poor posture when sleeping
- Spinal column problems
- Enlarged tongue, tonsils, and/or adenoids
- Fat deposits in the neck and throat from being overweight
A blocked airway causes the patient to struggle for breath, which can lead to snoring and interrupted sleep.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
If you think you may have sleep apnea, consider the following symptoms:
- Loud snoring that lasts all night
- Daytime sleepiness no matter how much sleep you get
- Feeling tired and out of breath upon waking
- Morning headaches
- Gasping or choking while sleeping
- Pauses in breathing while sleeping
If you believe you may have sleep apnea, contact our Novi dental office. Dr. Serra is experienced in providing sleep apnea consultations and treatment. We will work with you and a sleep physician to diagnose any sleep disorder that you may have and can then help you to treat your sleep apnea.