How to Control Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Sleep Apnea Dentist Bloomfield Hills, MI

The best way to control sleep apnea and its symptoms is to use OPTISLEEP or a CPAP device.

OPTISLEEP is a sleep apnea mouthpiece that holds your jaw in place to clear your upper airway so that you can breathe and sleep better while CPAP therapy is a mechanical appliance that provides similar results but is often more intrusive.

To learn more from your Bloomfield Hills sleep apnea dentist about how to control sleep apnea, keep reading. Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions or concerns.

About Sleep Apnea 

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes people to stop breathing many times while sleeping. There are different types of sleep apnea. However, the most common is called obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is most common in people who are overweight and is caused by soft tissue collapsing at the back of the throat.

The other known kind of sleep apnea is Central Sleep Apnea or CSA. This form of sleep apnea is caused when your brain fails to send signals to your body to breathe. CSA is most common in adults over 65 who have prior illnesses, but can also occur in infants. If CSA is a concern of yours please also check with your primary care doctor. 

Signs of Sleep Apnea

Do you have a partner that complains about loud snoring? Do you often wake up suddenly with shortness of breath? If this sounds familiar, you may be struggling with sleep apnea. 

Below we have a list of some of the most common signs of sleep apnea:

  • Loud snoring
  • Episodes where you stop breathing during sleep (witnessed by another person)
  • Waking up suddenly with shortness of breath
  • Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Sleepiness during the day
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Morning headaches
  • Trouble remembering things

Feel free to talk with us if you notice any of these signs. As your sleep apnea dentists, we want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your night’s rest. Waking up multiple times a night or waking up others with loud snoring doesn’t help anyone. 

A CACP device may seem annoying, which is why we’re fans of OPTISLEEP. Optisleep works similar to a retainer in that it’s minimally intrusive. The small changes it makes to your oral resting position have incredible results though, and could mean a world of difference to how well you sleep, 

Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea

You’re more likely to have sleep apnea if you’re carrying extra pounds. This is because obstructive sleep apnea happens when soft tissue collapses at the back of your throat, blocking your airway. 

The most common sleep apnea patients are generally overweight, white, male, and over 40. However, you don’t have to fit any of these demographics to have sleep apnea

Risks of sleep apnea are often correlated to risks of obesity, such as heart disease. Aside from obesity concerns, sleep apnea has risk factors such as: 

  • Blood sugar spikes
  • Blood pressure spikes 
  • Metabolism concerns 
  • Increased stress 

Our sleep apnea dentists will be able to review your medical history for other risk factors for both your oral health and overall health. We can also help point out potential warning signs or things to avoid to help prevent sleep apnea. For example, those who smoke or abuse alcohol are more likely to have sleep apnea later in life. 

Sleep Apnea Treatments

If you suspect you or your partner has sleep apnea, schedule an appointment with our office as soon as possible so we can look into ordering a sleep study to find out if you have sleep apnea and the severity of it.

If you do have sleep apnea, the study will also show us how many times you stop breathing a night and for how long. Monitoring your sleeping patterns and having a record of them helps understand the cause of your episodes, which can help us provide the best sleep apnea treatment.

Whether it’s a CACP device, an oral device, or sometimes even surgery can be beneficial, we’ll be there to help guide the process. 

A night of good night sleep is vital to healthy living, and we want to make sure you get the best sleep you can every night.

Need a Sleep Dentist? 

Aren’t sure if you need a sleep apnea device? Our dentists can order a sleep study to give you peace of mind. If we find evidence of sleep apnea, we’ll create a custom oral appliance for you to wear at night. Feel free to reach out online to schedule an appointment with one of our Bloomfield Hills MI sleep apnea dentists or call Glenn Spencer DDS by phone at (248) 646-6363.