Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment
What Is Sleep Apnea?
When sleep apnea is left untreated, it can begin to affect your daily life. Excessive daytime fatigue may eventually affect your job, relationships, and overall quality of life.
Meanwhile, as your throat muscles relax through the night, your jaw may clench in an attempt to prevent this from happening. Over time, this can lead to bruxism (jaw clenching and teeth grinding) and TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. Other serious health conditions that could develop include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
- Are male
- Are overweight
- Have a family member with sleep apnea
- Smoke or drink heavily
- Are over the age of 60
- Have a large neck circumference or narrow nasal passageways
Treating sleep apnea can help you experience a better night’s sleep, give you more energy, and improve your health.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
A custom splint can help keep airways open at night, allowing you to experience restful sleep.
- Chronic exhaustion
- Dry or sore throat, especially in the mornings
- Trouble focusing and concentrating
- Anxiety or depression
- Frequent headaches
Customized Sleep Apnea Treatment
For moderate to severe cases, Dr. Hine may recommend that you visit a sleep specialist who can provide you with a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. This involves wearing a mask over your nose and mouth that pumps pressurized air through your passageways to help you breath easier and more effectively. If oral appliances and CPAP machinery do not work for you, surgery may be recommended.