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Snoring man sleeping while his partner plugs her ears at David R. Moyer Cosmetic & Family Dentistry.You always hear how important it is to get a good night's sleep. However, do you know why it's so important? Sleep provides your body with the time and rests it needs to repair. It is essential for your physical, mental, and emotional well-being, helping to improve your cognitive abilities and allowing you to keep control of your emotions. However, for millions of Americans, getting a good night's sleep seems impossible. If you wake up day after day feeling completely exhausted, no matter what time you went to bed the night before, you may be living with a condition known as sleep apnea. David R. Moyer DDS can help.

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What is Sleep Apnea?

While you sleep, your body goes through several cycles. Completing these cycles is essential for getting the rest you need. Sleep apnea is a condition that affects your sleep cycles. When you have sleep apnea, you temporarily stop breathing (sometimes for as long as 90 seconds at a time) several times throughout the night. When you stop breathing, you wake up, even if you are unaware of it. This is known as an apneic event. Sleep apnea ranges in severity from mild (5 to 14 apneic events per sleeping hour) to severe (over 30 apneic events per sleeping hour). When you wake up this often during the night, it's no wonder you're tired the next morning.

Sleep Apnea Causes

Sleep apnea has three main causes:
•  Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This is the most common type of sleep apnea. It is caused when your tongue, or other oral tissues, block your airway.
•  Central sleep apnea. This type of sleep apnea occurs when your brain fails to communicate with your breathing muscles.
•  Complex (mixed) sleep apnea. This type of sleep apnea is a mix of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea has many symptoms:
•  Snoring.
•  Excessive daytime sleepiness.
•  Falling asleep doing normal daily tasks. You may even doze off behind the wheel of your car.
•  Difficulty paying attention.
•  Trouble controlling your emotions. You may feel irritable.
•  Health effects such as hypertension.

How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?

Sleep apnea needs to be diagnosed before it can be treated. To diagnose sleep apnea, you need to be evaluated by a trained sleep expert. This type of evaluation often involves a sleep study. The sleep expert can diagnose your sleep apnea (or other sleep related disorders) and help you to manage your treatment.

Treatments for Sleep Apnea

There are a few different types of treatments that can be used to treat sleep apnea:
•  Weight loss.
•  Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. This treatment involves wearing a small mask over your nose. The mask is attached to a machine that delivers air to keep your airway open while you sleep.
•  Oral appliance therapy. This type of treatment involves the use of a custom fit oral device that is worn over your top teeth, similar to a sports mouth guard. The appliance holds your jaw in proper position, keeping your jaw (and therefore your oral tissues) from sliding backward.
•  Oral surgery. Surgical procedures are reserved for more severe cases and is reserved for when no other treatments have proven effective. There are a few different types of surgery that can be performed to meet your specific needs.

If quality sleep seems elusive no matter what you do, you may be living with sleep apnea. Call David R. Moyer DDS today at 480.935.6295 and find out just what we can do for you.

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If you wake up feeling exhausted, you may be suffering from sleep apea. Dr. Moyer can help you sleep restfully again. Contact us today to schedule your sleep apnea consultation.
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