Sleep Apnea Treatment in Idaho Falls
Premier Dental is the best in sleep apnea 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! Men, those over 40, and people who are overweight are more likely to suffer from this disorder and are more likely to be in need of treatment. Sleep apnea 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.
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
There are two major types of this disorder – Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the more common type, occurs when throat muscles relax and your airway becomes obstructed. Oftentimes this type is accompanied by snoring. The other kind is Central Sleep Apnea, which occurs when your brain fails to send proper signals to the muscles that control your breathing. In either case, one can and should seek a diagnosis and good treatment plan. If you’re in Idaho falls and suspect that you may suffer from this disorder, contact us as soon as possible.
Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition. There are a number of potential complications if left unaddressed. Treatment is necessary!
High blood pressure or heart problems. With this type of disorder, a potential side effect is 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. Without treatment, it can lead to many other health disorders.
Daytime fatigue. Sleep apnea often disrupts the night cycle, leaving you deprived of restorative rest. Many people suffer from severe daytime drowsiness and irritability. Common side effects include difficulty concentrating at work or school and falling asleep at inappropriate times. This is especially dangerous when driving. Another common side effect is effects on mood, resulting in feeling irritable, moody or depressed. Children may suffer behavioral problems. Proper treatment can result in many restorative effects.
Liver problems. Sleep apnea is shown to link to abnormal liver function and signs of liver scarring.
Sleep-deprived partners. The snoring that often accompanies sleep apnea often adversely affects spouses and partners, disrupting relationships.
You may want to consider seeing a doctor if you find that your snoring is loud enough to disturb others or yourself. Shortness of breath or excessive daytime drowsiness all can point to a need to consult a doctor to see if you have sleep apnea, and to follow up with a good treatment plan when necessary.
Most people don’t consider snoring to be a sign of anything potentially serious, but it is important to check in to avoid further health complications.
Dr. Anderson, your Idaho Falls cosmetic and sedation dentist, is well educated in the area of sleep apnea and respective treatment. Consultations are always free at Premier, and we’d love to help you (and/or your spouse!) sleep better.
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. There is no substitute for proper and appropriate treatment.
Get Your Sleep Apnea Treated in Idaho Falls
Sleep apnea has many other possible side effects- including fatigue, depression, sleepiness and just plain grouchiness. Not having enough sleep can lead to other health problems. Treatment is important! If you have a question about sleep apnea, contact us and Dr. Anderson here in Idaho Falls and we’ll schedule a consultation.