Last week, Detroit dentist Dr. Aziza Askari introduced sleep apnea and discussed why sleep is so important in renewing, rejuvenating, and reenergizing your body every day. Today, Dr. Askari would like to go one step further and discuss what sleep apnea treatment at Comfort Dental Spa entails.
Why is Treating Sleep Apnea Important?
The most apparent sign of sleep apnea is snoring and, because of this, many sleep apnea patients don’t believe that treatment is necessary. The truth is, however, that sleep apnea can be very dangerous. Your breathing can stop several times within one hour while you sleep, which can quickly turn into a deadly situation.
In addition to obstructing normal breathing while you sleep, sleep apnea can lead to a rise in the body’s carbon dioxide levels, which decreases the body’s blood and oxygen levels. This forces the heart to pump harder and faster to compensate for the lack of oxygen, which is why sleep apnea has been linked to several serious heart health problems and, therefore, warrants immediate treatment. Additionally, sleep apnea can lead to daytime dangers—like falling asleep at the wheel—as a result of not obtaining a solid night’s sleep night after night.
How is Sleep Apnea Treated at Comfort Dental Spa?
To diagnose your sleep apnea, Dr. Askari will first examine your mouth, jaw, and neck position and evaluate your symptoms. During this evaluation, it’s necessary that you disclose all of your symptoms and sleeping habits to Dr. Askari. If you don’t sleep alone, bring your sleep partner with you to your consultation appointment. After all, nobody knows your sleeping habits better than your sleep partner does. If Dr. Askari suspects that you do in fact suffer from sleep apnea, she may recommend that you have a sleep study done to further investigate your condition.
Once you have been officially diagnosed, Dr. Askari may advise you to change your habits, such as smoking, drinking alcohol, and using tranquilizers, to see if your sleep apnea condition improves. If not, Dr. Askari will design a custom dental device that gently holds your lower jaw forward and is very effective in preventing your soft oral tissues from collapsing during sleep and blocking your air passages.
If your sleep apnea is very severe and you want a permanent solution, Dr. Askari may suggest jaw surgery. As a Detroit oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Askari has helped countless patients restore comfort, function, and ease to their daily lives with jaw reconstruction, and she can do the same for you to help you overcome your sleep apnea.