Do you feel rested and refreshed when you wake up in the morning, or as tired as if you’d been running a marathon? Do you have trouble staying awake at the wheel? Do you feel irritated, moody, or depressed without being able to pinpoint a trigger? Does your snoring cause problems at night? If so, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where your airways becomes obstructed many times throughout the night. When your airways are blocked, you stop breathing for anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes in an event called an apnea. Most people who suffer from sleep apnea are unaware of these pauses in breathing and interrupted sleep. Patients with sleep apnea may suffer from daytime sleepiness, fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating or making decisions, vision problems, and even depression.
Why Do Apneas Occur?
Most sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. Soft tissues at the back of the throat collapse and air cannot get through. Sleeping partners of sleep apnea sufferers often report snoring or sudden choking sounds as apneas occur throughout the night. Certain lifestyle choices like smoking and drinking alcohol can exacerbate the condition, as can obesity. Fortunately, this type of sleep apnea is easily treatable.
How Do I Know if I Have It?
If you don’t feel rested after a full night’s sleep, consult Dr. Aziza Askari. She will talk to you about your sleep habits, overall health, and what you can do to sleep better. If she believes you may have sleep apnea, she will assess the nature and severity of your condition to determine which treatment is right for you. Patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea often benefit from a minimally invasive nightguard designed to promote airflow. Some patients have sleep apnea due to problems in tissue formation. Sleep apnea surgery reshapes the position of the jaw and tongue and is generally very successful. Dr. Askari will discuss treatment options with you before making a final recommendation.
Find out if Dr. Askari can help you have a good night’s sleep. Call Comfort Dental Spa today at (248) 474-6434 to schedule your consultation. Our Farmington Hills office is conveniently located for patients in Livonia, Novi, Dearborn, Southfield, Northville, and the greater Detroit area.