Do you struggle with getting a restful night’s sleep? If you wake up in the morning, only to feel fatigued, and un-refreshed, you may be one of the many millions across the nation who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is a chronic and potentially life-threatening condition, which interferes with your ordinary sleep patterns. Whether you’ve been suffering from chronic daytime fatigue, or your roommate has noticed your snoring or abrupt awakenings in the middle of the night, it’s an excellent idea to have yourself evaluated to see if you have sleep apnea. At the office of Dr. Jeffrey Cahn, your Stamford sleep dentist provides a range of treatments for dental sleep related issues.
What causes obstructive sleep apnea? An excellent question! With mild to moderate cases of OSA, the soft tissues of the mouth and throat relax during the night, to the point of obstructing the passage of air. As the air tries to get through, the soft tissues vibrate, resulting in those lovely snoring sounds everyone adores. The difficulty with OSA, is that partial or temporary obstruction of the airway interrupts the flow of oxygen to the brain. The severity of OSA can vary quite a bit, as individuals affected with sleep apnea can stop breathing hundreds of times throughout the night, for anywhere from a few seconds, to over a minute at a time. Symptoms of sleep apnea include daytime sleepiness or fatigue, morning headaches, loud snoring, memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and most noticeably, un-refreshing sleep. If any of these warning signs sound familiar, it’s a good idea to visit your Stamford sleep dentist to learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of OSA.
With mild to moderate cases, your Stamford sleep dentist provides treatment with a comfortable oral appliance worn at bedtime. Designed to keep your airway open throughout the night, sleep apnea appliances are a safe, comfortable and effective way to help you get a restorative night’s rest. To learn more, call the office of Dr. Jeffrey Cahn to schedule your next appointment today!