Sleeping disorders are more common than you may think and affect many people worldwide. Whether it be from listening to your partner snore all night, or if you suffer from the disorder yourself, sleep disorders should never be taken lightly.
If you snore more often than not, it is possible that you have sleep apnea. Luckily, sleep apnea can be safely managed with a little research and help from sleeping aids. There are devices that can be used to treat mild cases of sleep apnea.
Not sure if a sleep-apnea aid would be beneficial to you? Make a sleep dentistry appointment with us at U Shine Dental in Maple. At our clinic, you can be diagnosed properly and we can run down potential treatment options that fit you and your lifestyle. Keep reading to learn more about sleep apnea and treatment devices.
Characteristics of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a type of sleep disorder where an individual has trouble breathing while they sleep. People who experience sleep apnea may either have slow, shallow breaths, or they may take pauses between breaths, which can last from a few seconds to several minutes. Sleep apnea can happen to anyone, but is more common in males over the age of 40. If not treated, it can have negative effects on an individual’s health. Some symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Headaches in the morning
- Lack of energy after waking up
- Fatigue throughout the day
- Breathing pauses throughout sleep (often noticed by a family member)
Advantages of Sleep Apnea Devices
Sleep apnea devices include masks, mouth guards or oral appliances. There are endless advantages to using a sleep apnea device. They can make for a better night’s sleep, not only for the individual but for those around them, as their snoring will be reduced, or eradicated completely. Most patients report a reduction in headaches and increased energy throughout the day.
Disadvantages of Sleep Apnea Devices
The device can be uncomfortable for some, but most patients report getting used to the device quickly. Some devices can be expensive, but low-cost options are available.
Also, depending on the severity of an individual’s obstructive sleep apnea, a second treatment for their condition may be needed for consistent results.
Do you have questions about sleep apnea, other treatment methods or the devices? Give U Shine Dental a call at 905-303-9355 today! Or book an appointment here!