Premier Dental offers the best in sleep disorder treatment in Idaho Falls. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder where a person’s breathing stops in the middle of the night. These pauses in breathing can last 10 or more seconds! This can contribute to other health complications, ranging from fatigue to cardiovascular illnesses and even brain changes linked to dementia, and may present risks with sedation dentistry.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Symptoms are difficult to self-identify but much easier for other people to diagnose. Symptoms include:
- Skips in breathing while sleeping
- Sleepiness during the day
- Waking up with a sore or dry throat
- Loud snoring
- Recurrent waking up in the night, insomnia
- Waking up from choking or gasping sensation
- Morning headaches
- Restless or poor night cycle
Types of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the more common type, occurs when throat muscles relax and your airway becomes obstructed. Oftentimes this type is accompanied by snoring.
Central Sleep Apnea, which occurs when your brain fails to send proper signals to the muscles that control your breathing.
In either case, one should seek a diagnosis and a good treatment plan from a specialist. If you’re in Idaho Falls ID and suspect that you may suffer from this disorder, contact Premier Dental as soon as possible.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Process
Using the simple principle of airway management, our patients who suffer from sleep apnea and the spouses who used to suffer by sleeping next to a snoring partner are finally getting the rest they need. While there are a bevy of therapies and devices available to help alleviate sleep apnea, we like to see if we can help you avoid more cumbersome or intrusive methods such as a C-PAP or needing surgery to alleviate your symptoms.
Potential Complications Caused By Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea has many possible side effects and complications – including fatigue, depression, sleepiness, and even high blood pressure or heart problems. With this type of disorder, patients experience sudden drops in blood oxygen levels. These drops create increased blood pressure and strain on your cardiovascular system, resulting in high blood pressure, or hypertension. Obstructive sleep apnea also increases the risk of stroke and further exacerbates existing cardiac diseases. Children who have sleep disorders can potentially experience behavioral problems as a result of feeling irritable and drowsy.
If you have a question about sleep disorders, contact Premier Dental in Idaho Falls and we’ll schedule a consultation.