Common Sleep Disorders For Jefferson City Patients
Do you feel exhausted when you wake up in the morning, no matter how many hours of sleep you get? Are you struggling to stay awake during the day? Are you finding yourself easily irritated, easily distracted or unable to focus properly? Is your sleep partner complaining about your snoring?
If so, you may have one of the sleep disorders called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea actually means “sleep interruption.” The interruptions are only a few seconds long typically, but some of our patients in the Wardsville MO area have found that they have hundreds of sleep apnea incidents every night! This can hinder you from getting good sleep, affect your oral health and you will probably soon begin to experience some of the side affects of this unpleasant and potentially harmful sleep disorder.
There are several sleep disorders treatments for sleep apnea and snoring, including using a C-Pap. A C-Pap is a machine that enhances and monitors your breathing by having you use a mask and tube. However, a C-Pap is not always the best treatment for many reasons.
- Some people cannot relax enough to sleep when wearing a mask all night or they take the mask off during the night. Once the mask is off, the sleep disorders treatment ceases for that night until the mask is put on again. In the meantime, you will probably commence snoring and your sleep partner may begin to complain.
- If you are traveling (such as a camping trip) where you don’t have access to electricity and don’t want to get a generator or battery, a C-Pap is useless as it runs on electricity.
- C-Paps are bulky and breakable so that makes them hard to transport if you are traveling.
Alternative Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment
There is another and perhaps better treatment for sleep apnea and snoring that we can offer to you. It is a nightguard. This is a custom made mouth guard that is something like the kind of mouth guard that people who play sports use to protect your teeth.
For sleep disorders, nightguards are amazing. Their system is simple. A nightguard adjusts your jaw so your mouth is positioned differently. This keeps you from snoring and gives you relief from sleep apnea. It is a fabulous alternative to using a C-Pap.
If your sleep partner is complaining about your snoring or you are finding yourself sleepy during the day or struggling with other problems that could be caused by sleep disorders, relief may be in sight! Call our family dentistry office serving the Jefferson City, Russellville MO and Wardsville MO communities.