Coping with Sleep Apnea

Loud, intense snoring that interferes with your night’s sleep could be a sign of sleep apnea. Snoring, especially when accompanied by frequent wake-ups in the middle of the night, can leave you desperate for a good night of sleep.

If you’re tired of feeling tired, we can help. Accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Roberto Palmieri offers advanced sleep apnea treatments so you can get the sleep your body craves.

In the meantime, here are a few tips for coping with sleep apnea.

4 tips to sleep better at night

Untreated sleep apnea can increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. It’s important to keep up with your treatment plan, such as wearing your mandibular advancement device. You can also promote comfort by keeping these four tips in mind:

  1. Sleep on your side or stomach (sleeping on your back intensifies symptoms)
  2. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption 
  3. Sleep with a humidifier on if needed (dry air can irritate your respiratory system)
  4. Stop smoking (smoking can contribute to the development of sleep apnea)

It’s also important to practice good sleep hygiene. Go to bed at the same time every night, avoid blue lights (screens) for two hours before bed, and sleep in a cool, dark room. Even with these tips, you might still benefit from an appropriate sleep apnea treatment.

It’s hard to cope with untreated sleep apnea

It’s hard to ignore the effects of sleep apnea. Unmanaged sleep apnea can affect your physical and mental well-being. It’s characterized by pauses in your breathing. As a result, individuals with sleep apnea often wake up several times throughout the night, gasping for air.

This disruption to the sleep cycle often leads to symptoms that include morning headaches, daytime sleepiness, and irritability (from lack of sleep). With sleep apnea, you never quite feel refreshed after sleeping. 

If you’re suffering from the effects of sleep apnea, it’s important to talk to us about your symptoms. We can help you cope with sleep apnea and help reduce unwanted complications.

Treatments for sleep apnea

At Palmieri Dentistry, Dr. Palmieri’s first step is to assess the severity of your sleep apnea and where the obstruction is coming from. For example, small jaws and large tonsils are contributing factors when it comes to airway obstructions.

After your imaging tests, using the Planmeca® 3D X-ray machine, Dr. Palmieri suggests the right treatment for your specific needs. Treatment can include:

Even with a mandibular advancement device, lifestyle changes can help you cope with the effects of sleep apnea. 

Losing weight, for example, is a lifestyle change that can impact sleep apnea. Obesity is one of the most common causes of sleep apnea, but research shows that losing weight goes a long way in reducing the symptoms of, or even eliminating, sleep apnea. 

Don’t ignore snoring or groggy mornings

At Palmieri Dentistry, we’re proud to provide for all of your oral health needs, including sleep apnea treatment. To learn more, call us at our Mooresville, North Carolina, office or book your appointment online.

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