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Sleep apnea; Why you may be tired during the day

In the hustle and bustle of the world, finding enough time to lay down and get some sleep is something that many find much harder than it should be. Continuous stimulation to one's brain through social media and other sources of entertainment can make it hard to wind down at night. For many though, falling asleep may not be the issue, but having quality sleep could be the problem. No Fear Dentistry offers sleep studies to their patients with the hope to be able to make their sleep much better.

Why would someone decide to get a sleep study done? Well the main reason someone gets a sleep study is because of excessive snoring. Another reason to get a sleep study is because your partner tells you that you seem to stop breathing in your sleep for a short time and end up gasping for air. Apnea is something that affects around 26% of people between the ages of 30 and 70 years old. Snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea which is when the muscles that support the soft tissues in your throat temporarily relax, creating an obstruction which can cause you to stop breathing for a short period of time. Contrary to common belief, Obstructive sleep apnea can have an impact on more than just an overweight person’s life.

Signs of Obstructive sleep apnea include: Daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, difficulty concentrating, falling asleep easily during normal daily events such as watching television. Other symptoms can include weight gain, high blood pressure that is difficult to control and acid reflux. The only way to find out if you have obstructive sleep apnea is to get a study done.

You can be tested in two ways, one of which requires you to do an on site sleep study with an organization that tracks your sleep. At Madison no fear dentistry, we conduct sleep studies with a device that we send you home with, which for most is much more comfortable than sleeping somewhere that isn’t your own bed. During the study, the number of apneas as well as hypopnea's(a decrease of airflow for at least 10 seconds in respirations, a 30-percent reduction in ventilation)happen in a night's rest are tracked. Once the results are looked over by our sleep expert, you can see if you have obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea(When your brain temporarily stops sending signals to the muscles that control breathing) or normal sleep.

At Madison No Fear Dentistry, a new appliance is used to help with obstructive sleep apnea. Mandibular repositioning appliances are a new technology that holds the airway open so those who are affected by OSA can get continual oxygen to saturate their blood. The other option when it comes to sleep apnea is a CPAP machine. This regulates functions of the body, but the bulky machine potentially makes sleeping difficult for your or your partner sleeping next to you. The small appliance that is available and custom made at Madison No Fear Dentistry gives you the opportunity to sleep without needing a machine to sleep without interruption.

If you think that you may have problematic apnea, No Fear Dentistry has the abilities to help you! Call our number or request an appointment through our website today!

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