Did you know there’s a link between your mouth and your sleep? It might seem far-fetched, but the team at 1000Oaks Dental & Implants can help you get a better night’s rest by recognizing the signs of sleep apnea that appear in your mouth. Together, you can develop a plan so you can sleep soundly and wake up rested. Want to learn more? Call 1000Oaks Dental & Implants in Thousand Oaks, California, or book your appointment online today.
When you have sleep apnea, you have breathing troubles throughout the night that can interrupt your sleep. And you’re not alone. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that 18 million people in the United States are losing quality sleep to this condition. The resulting breaks in breathing can be short – just a few seconds – or long – up to minutes – but they’re usually recurring. In fact, people with sleep apnea can have pauses in breathing as often as 30 times an hour.
There are a number of causes for sleep apnea. You may have a large tongue or small jaw, causing the tongue to get in the way of normal breathing. It can also occur when the muscles in the back of the throat become too relaxed. Whatever the reason, the inability to breathe normally throughout the night compromises the quality of your rest.
Interestingly, dentists are often the first to diagnose sleep apnea in a patient because so many of the signs appear in the mouth. Some of the signs of sleep apnea include:
The good news is that if the team at 1000Oaks Dental & Implants does notice the signs of sleep apnea, you can get on the path to better sleep. They will work with you to develop a treatment plan that works for you, helping you get the restful, rejuvenating sleep you need. To start, they can recommend simple adjustments, like changing your sleeping position.
Alternately, there are other solutions you can try, including:
Oral appliances support your jaw so that your airway doesn’t collapse, helping you breathe normally all night long.
A CPAP machine maintains a constant air pressure in your nasal passage to keep it open while you sleep so your breathing is never interrupted.
If you’re interested in exploring a permanent solution to your sleep apnea, you can have surgery performed on your upper airway to help it stay unobstructed as you sleep. The surgery will be tailored to your unique body, so talk with the team at 1000Oaks Dental & Implants to learn more about what sleep apnea surgery would mean for you.
To learn more, call their office or book your appointment online.