If you are in need of a sleep study, Hilliard dentist Mark Levy, DDS, can help. He and his staff are very experienced with the nuances of both sleep studies and sleep problems. They know how to check your sleep patterns and diagnose issues with your sleep, such as sleep apnea. You never want to just live with problems like sleep apnea. Not only does it affect your sleep, it can also affect your overall health. Make sure that you get checked out for sleep problems if you even suspect you have them. The sooner you get checked, the sooner you can get to feeling and sleeping better!
Have you ever had someone close to you, tell you that you made noise or stopped breathing at some point during the night? If so, then you need to make sure you come in and get a sleep study done. For a sleep study, Hilliard dentist, Mark Levy, will monitor you. It is not difficult or cumbersome, just a little different from how you would normally sleep. The point is to keep an eye on all of your vital signs and brain activity while you sleep. This lets the experienced professionals in the office see how deeply you sleep and if you stop breathing at all during the night.
Sleep apnea is a problem that often goes undiagnosed for a very long time. That is because if you do not have someone tell you about it, it can be difficult to know you even have it. Sleep apnea is when you stop breathing for a short period of time in your sleep. This can be for a second, or even longer. Some people stop breathing for 10-30 seconds at a time. If you have sleep apnea, you likely stop breathing frequently. This can mean several short pauses each minute, or several long pauses per hour. Getting this diagnosed sooner, rather than later, is incredibly important.
Prior to treating sleep apnea, you must have completed a sleep study. This is the only way it can be diagnosed. Once it is diagnosed, it also needs to be monitored. That way, you know if your body starts to show any of the signs that your treatment needs alteration. Sleep apnea hurts your body in numerous different ways. If you leave it untreated, or not treated enough, it can make you sick, or worse.
It is very important that you keep up with sleep apnea treatments. When you do not get enough sleep, it affects every part of you. Your immune system gets compromised. The ability your body has to heal decreases rapidly. Your heart and lungs have too much pressure put on them because of how often they must speed up and slow down. Plus, your ability to focus diminishes.
The hardest part about untreated sleep apnea is how much it can damage the inside of your body. Each time you stop breathing, your body automatically releases adrenaline to get your body to react. This is the same thing that happens when you enter fight or flight response during a stressful situation. What you wind up with is increased respiration, blood pressure, and heart rates. It takes time for your body to recover after that. If you have numerous episodes each night, your body may not even be able to recover between events. This could leave your heart strained, and leave you feeling sick.
You can try many different options to help your sleep apnea. For a select few, simply sleeping in a different position can make a huge difference. Sleeping on your back often makes sleep apnea worse. If you were to sleep on your side or stomach, this could help resolve the problem. Many prop themselves up with pillows or put something in the back of their pajamas to keep them from sleeping on their backs.
Losing weight can also help if your sleep apnea came as a result of being overweight. This may not be an easy option for treating sleep apnea, but it can be effective in many cases. Get active during the day and exercise at least 4-5 days each week to speed up your weight loss. Then, your body will be properly tired at bedtime, and your weight loss will make breathing easier. However, until you get the weight down, this option may not help much.
The most common treatment for sleep apnea is called a CPAP. This is a machine that puts pressurized air into your body to keep those airways open. While this machine is effective, there are problems with it. It can be incredibly loud, making sleeping more difficult. Plus, many find it difficult to sleep with a mask on their face. That is why the sleep apnea treatment you can get from us here at the office of Mark Levy, DDS, is so effective.
There are many things that can help treat your sleep apnea. If you were diagnosed with sleep apnea during a sleep study, Hilliard dentist Mark Levy has one option that may be perfect for you. What you get for treating your sleep apnea is an oral appliance. He will custom fit it to your mouth and make sure it fits comfortably. Then, when you go to bed each night, you wear it. What it does is holds your jaw in a specific position while you sleep. That keeps your jaw and tongue from sliding backwards, potentially obstructing your airway. This is often a very effective solution for sleep apnea, especially obstructive sleep apnea.