You may not associate sleep problems with dentistry, but sometimes a dentist can provide the most effective solution to a sleep disorder. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that is caused by a blockage at the back of the throat. People with sleep apnea literally stop breathing hundreds of times during the night. A sleeping person who stops breathing will awaken suddenly, but remain in a state of near sleep while they resume breathing, and then fall asleep again immediately. When this happens repeatedly throughout the night, the person wakes up in the morning unaware that they woke up so often. If you frequently wake up feeling tired even though you think you slept all night, you might have sleep apnea.
The common treatment for sleep apnea is a forced air machine called a CPAP. CPAP users wear a face mask that continuously forces air into their nose and mouth so that they can sleep without interruptions. While this is an effective treatment, many people have trouble sleeping with the cumbersome mask, and the machines are noisy.
Dr. Aman in Leesburg can provide a dental solution to sleep apnea that is smaller, more comfortable and more portable than a CPAP machine. It is an oral appliance or mouthguard that is fitted to each individual patient to fit perfectly. When wearing the mouthguard, the tongue and jaws are positioned so that tissue will not block the throat and cause breathing difficulties. The mouthguard is comfortable and allows sound sleep, uninterrupted for hours. The result is waking up in the morning truly rested.
Sleep apnea can cause problems associated with not getting enough sleep such as fatigue, irritability, relationship problems, poor work performance and more. A doctor must diagnose sleep apnea, but if the idea of a CPAP machine does not appeal to you, call Dr. Aman to discuss mouthguards and how they can relieve your sleep apnea symptoms comfortably.