Do You Suffer From Fatigue?
Sleep Apnea York
Do you find yourself troubled by fatigue, irritability and forgetfulness throughout the day? An often overlooked catalyst, sleep apnea, may be the cause. Sleep apnea is a disorder marked by breathing difficulties that cause sleep disruption. During sleep, the muscles in the back of the throat relax, and can block the airways, causing you to briefly awaken several times an hour throughout the night. It is an all-too-common condition that can have serious detrimental effects on your health.
At the Center for Dental Excellence, Dr. Gordon Bell provides effective treatment for patients suffering from sleep apnea in York, Lancaster and surrounding communities. To learn more about common causes and symptoms of sleep apnea, contact our practice today using our convenient online form.
Snoring is one of the most apparent symptoms of sleep apnea, and was once considered the only symptom. However, in addition to snoring, sufferers may also experience:
- Trouble sleeping and frequent waking throughout the night
- Waking with a sore or dry throat
- Choking or gasping during the night
- Fatigue and sleepiness in the daytime
- Irritability or mood changes
- Headaches upon waking
Beyond fatigue and discomfort, it has been discovered that other effects of sleep apnea can be quite serious. These include:
- High blood pressure
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Weight gain
New research has also indicated a link between obstructive sleep apnea and the development of academic problems and ADHD symptoms in children and adolescents.
Individuals identifying with any symptoms of sleep apnea are encouraged to visit their primary care physician or American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) certified sleep physician. Once patients receive a diagnosis of sleep apnea from a sleep physician (using data analyzed in a sleep lab, which closely analyzes their nighttime habits), the appropriate therapy can be prescribed based on the patients’ specific individual diagnosis and needs. Dr. Bell works with sleep specialists to provide the optimal personalized treatment for each individual.
Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea
During an initial consultation at our office, you can learn more about what type of sleep apnea treatment is best for you. In addition to lifestyle changes – including losing weight, changing sleeping position, or avoiding alcohol and sleeping aids, for example – Dr. Bell utilizes a number of effective treatment methods, including the TAP® and SomnoMed® oral appliances.
Unlike the CPAP machine, which provides a steady stream of air through a mask worn during sleep, oral appliances are typically considered more comfortable, and easier to integrate into a patient’s sleep routine. Oral appliances work by shifting the position of the lower jaw, tongue and throat muscles, opening the airway and allowing more oxygen to enter the bloodstream and circulate throughout the body. Because these appliances are custom designed, patients benefit from increased comfort and ease-of-use.
Commit To Better Health Today
At the Center for Dental Excellence, we are committed to helping our patients live happy, healthy lives. One of the ways we achieve this goal is through the successful implementation of our sleep apnea treatments. If you find yourself feeling especially fatigued during the day, in spite of what you believe is an adequate amount of sleep,contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bell.