Considering the snoring that wakes you up, gasping for air, headaches, and round-the-clock fatigue, there’s a lot to dislike about sleep apnea. Getting a good night’s sleep shouldn’t be a luxury.
Quality sleep is a necessity, and that’s why the team here at Palmieri Dentistry in Mooresville, North Carolina, is passionate about helping our patients get relief from sleep apnea.
Below, Dr. Roberto Palmieri shares four encouraging facts about sleep apnea.
When you first learn you have sleep apnea, your first question is likely about treatments. The good news is that sleep apnea can be treated, which means you can experience a reprieve from your symptoms, such as snoring, nighttime wake-ups, gasping, and morning headaches.
Not only does sleep apnea treatment reduce your current symptoms, but managing sleep apnea helps to avoid the complications of untreated sleep apnea. Untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes.
The chronic lack of quality sleep that results from nightly interrupts also can lead to daytime sleepiness. If you’re always fatigued, it can impact your work performance and even your safety — for example, if you drive while sleepy.
Treatment can address these consequences of untreated sleep apnea by helping you get better sleep each night.
A CPAP machine 一 or continuous positive airway pressure therapy 一 is a common treatment for sleep apnea. CPAP machines prevent airway obstructions by providing steady airflow through your nose. While effective, these machines can be noisy and uncomfortable.
We offer an alternative to the CPAP machine: mandibular advancement. We offer two types:
These specialty devices resemble night guards. While night guards protect teeth from clenching or bruxism, the mandibular device serves another purpose. It holds your jaw in a specific position to prevent your throat tissue from obstructing your airway. This promotes better airflow.
Surgery isn’t typically the first line of defense against sleep apnea. But if you have facial or throat structures that impede your airway, Dr. Palmieri may recommend mandibular maxillomandibular advancement surgery rather than an oral device.
In addition to mandibular advancement, lifestyle modification can also help with sleep apnea. If you smoke, for instance, quitting can make a big difference in the severity of your symptoms.
According to a 2019 study, smoking exacerbates obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of sleep apnea. Specifically, smokers with sleep apnea had lower oxygen saturation levels and more intense daytime sleepiness than nonsmokers who had sleep apnea.
Losing weight can also help with sleep apnea. Overweight or obese individuals tend to have excess tissue in the back of the throat, which contributes to airway obstructions. By losing weight, you can help reduce some of this tissue.
Other lifestyle changes to consider include:
Don’t let sleep apnea, severe snoring, and nightly interruptions keep you from the sleep your body needs. Accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Palmieri has the tools to help you manage your sleep apnea.
Schedule your consultation today by calling 704-247-6336, or book a consultation online.