Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is not just snoring. It is a serious sleep disorder, which can wreak havoc with your health and quality of life. Thankfully, it is treatable, and Lake County patients have more options than ever. Dr. Stern and his experienced sleep dentistry team at Snoring & CPAP Solutions LLC office in Lake County would love to help you discover the benefits of sleep apnea treatment.
What can sleep apnea treatment do for you?
Every patient responds differently, so it is impossible to predict exactly. However, commonly reported benefits of successful sleep apnea treatment include:
- Improve quality of sleep
- Enhanced alertness, memory, and focus
- Reduced daytime sleepiness or fatigue
- Eliminate or reduce morning headaches
- Improve health and reduce your risk for certain conditions
If you are wondering how to stop snoring, treatment with a sleep apnea mouth guard can accomplish that as well.
Why quality sleep is important
According to the national sleep foundation, adults need an average of seven to nine hours sleep each night. That means we spend one-third of our lives sleeping, unaware of what is going on in the outside world or within our own bodies. However, the mind and body do not simply shut off during these hours. Actually, there are several stages of sleep, each of which are important.
During the first stage of sleep your body begins to relax and brain waves slow a little. In the next stage, muscle and eye movement stops, and brain waves become slower. A healthy person spends about half of their sleeping hours in these early stages. The next two stages, known as delta sleep, are when brain activity is the slowest, muscles are deeply relaxed, the heartbeat slows, and breathing slows. The final stage, called REM, is when dream activity occurs.
What happens during deep sleep?
- Restoration of energy
- Cellular regeneration
- Increase of blood flow to muscles
- Tissue repair and regeneration
- Metabolism of brain glucose, which is essential to information retention and recall
A patient with apnea might rarely, or never, reach the deeper stages of sleep, because he or she is disrupted by each breathing event. Because sleep disorders and their health impact are an area of active scientific research, we are likely to discover that sleep apnea treatment has even more benefits than we currently know.
If you have been diagnosed with apnea, or if you have concerns because you frequently snore, relief is just a phone call away. Contact us to find out how we can help you sleep better, and your partner can throw away the earplugs for snoring.
Snoring and CPAP Solutions LLC
Snoring and CPAP Solutions LLC is committed to helping patients with sleep disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea that interferes with their day to day life. Dr. Stern is a Qualified member of The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and holds more than 2 decades of experience in the field.
Dr. Michael Stern
Frequently Asked Questions
Some people report muscle pain in the mornings after using their appliance, especially in the first few days. This soreness will likely go away as you get used to wearing your oral appliance. There are no serious side effects of using an oral appliance and they’re highly effective.
Over 100 types of oral appliances are FDA-approved. If you do experience muscle pain, this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications until you adjust to your device. It takes most people around 10 days to get used to their oral appliance.
After you’ve been using your oral appliance, we’ll conduct another sleep test. The results of this second sleep test are compared to your initial sleep test to see how much of an improvement your oral appliance has made. From there, we can make any adjustments or try another type of appliance if yours isn’t effective.
The best sleeping position for people with sleep apnea is on your side. If you currently sleep on your back, you may be worsening your condition because it’s easier for your airway to close. Sleeping on your side may help keep your airway clear while you’re asleep.
It’s also important to seek treatment for sleep apnea. If you currently have a CPAP or another treatment method you don’t like, seek out an alternative. The best treatment for sleep apnea is the one you can commit to, like a comfortable and convenient oral appliance.