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What Does a Good Night’s Sleep Mean to You?

You may not associate the treatment of sleep apnea with going to the dentist. However, certain dentists are trained in sleep apnea treatment, such as the talented Dr. Kelley. Good sleep is imperative to our quality of life and overall health. If you are having trouble sleeping or are experiencing breathing difficult while asleep, you may have sleep apnea. Contact our Troy, Michigan dental practice for more information, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kelley today.

Are You Tired of Waking Up Tired?

Obstructive sleep apnea can turn sleeping into a nightmare for you and your sleeping partner. Stop wishing you had a solution, and start learning about the treatments available through the Center for Family Dentistry.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes a person’s airway to become obstructed during sleep, making breathing difficult. Individuals will often snore and stop breathing several times throughout the night, resulting in a dangerous lack of oxygen to the brain. There are different types of sleep apnea; however, the most common is a blockage caused by the soft tissue in the back of the throat.

Illustration of anatomy with and without sleep apnea

Most individuals with sleep apnea feel constantly tired as they are never getting a full night’s rest. Sleep apnea should be addressed as soon as possible, as it is a serious condition. Dr. Kelley can diagnose and treat sleep apnea for patients of his Troy, Michigan dental practice.

How Obstructive Sleep Apnea Happens

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that occurs when the soft tissues in the back of your throat fall into your airway when you are sleeping. Because you are unable to catch your breath, you may jolt awake or snore loudly. Some people feel like they cannot breathe after a sleep apnea episode. Not only is this scary, but it can have physical effects such as waking with severe headaches, exhaustion and increased blood pressure.

Is Sleep Apnea Treated?

There are several treatment options for individuals with sleep apnea. If you think you or a loved one has sleep apnea, it is important to seek treatment right away. Dr. Kelley may first recommend several lifestyle changes that could be contributing to the disorder, such as:

  • Losing weight
  • Sleeping on the side, rather than laying on the back
  • Quitting smoking
  • Avoiding drinking alcohol or taking sleeping pills before bed

Other treatment options may include:

  • CPAP Machine – The patient must wear a mask, which is connected to a machine that supplies the necessary air flow into the nasal air passage. The airways remain open, allowing the patient to continuously breathe easily while sleeping. A CPAP machine is highly effective; however, it can also be loud and bulky, and disruptive to sleeping partners.
  • Dental Device – Dr. Kelley can create a mouth piece that is worn while the patient sleeps in order to keep the airway open and free from obstruction. Only dentists with specialized training like Dr. Kelley can administer dental apparatuses to improve sleep apnea.
  • Surgery – In some cases, the disorder must be treated with surgical intervention. If the obstruction is caused by a deviated septum or swollen tonsils, surgery may be required. Surgery can correct a deviated nasal septum or remove the soft tissue at the back of the throat causing airway obstruction. Teeth Straightening treatment may also be recommended for patients with an incorrect bite, which can also be a link to sleep apnea.

Do I Have Sleep Apnea?

So how do you know if you have sleep apnea? The best way to learn is to meet with Dr. Kelley to discuss your condition, and be aware of your sleep patterns, which may include:

  • Your sleeping partner has told you about your abnormal breathing during sleep
  • You notice that you have been sleeping restlessly
  • You wake up gasping for air
  • You have an extremely dry or sore throat upon waking up
  • You snore loudly
  • You feel tired or fatigued during the day
  • You continuously wake up with a bad headache

Dr. Kelley may recommend that you undergo a sleep study before administering treatment. During a sleep study, your brain waves, muscle activity, heart rate, and airflow are monitored while you sleep.

Learn More about Sleep Apnea

Stop suffering through restless nights of sleep or days of feeling exhausted. If you have sleep apnea, there are several options for treatment. Meet with Dr. Kelley to discuss your condition and learn how we can help you. For more information on sleep apnea, contact our Troy dental practice today.

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