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Sleep Apnea Treatment Vancouver WA


Vancouver, WA man snoring in bed in need of sleep apnea treatment by his dentist.Sleep is a restorative process. When you wake up in the morning, you should feel rested, refreshed, and ready to go. However, for millions of Americans, this is not the case. No matter what they do, they always wake up feeling worse than when they went to bed the night before. It feels like they never went to bed in the first place. If this sounds familiar, you may be living with a condition known as sleep apnea. Oasis Dental is here to help.

What is Sleep Apnea?


When you sleep, your body goes through two different cycles, NREM, and REM sleep. These cycles are essential for restoring you physically, mentally, and emotionally. You go through these two cycles several times a night. With sleep apnea, you stop breathing for several seconds, multiple times a night. Called apneic events, these disruptions in breathing cause you to wake up, even if you do not know that it is happening. Every time you wake up, your body has to start the sleep cycles all over again. Because this happens several times a night, your body is never able to get the rest and repair it needs.

Sleep apnea ranges in severity from mild to severe. With mild sleep apnea, you experience five to14 apneic events per sleeping hour. With severe sleep apnea, you experience 30 or more apneic events per hour. There are two types of sleep apnea:
•  Obstructive sleep apnea. This is the most common type and occurs when your airway becomes blocked, usually by your tongue or other tissues.
•  Central Sleep apnea. This type of sleep apnea occurs when there is a failure of communication between the brain and the breathing muscles.

Common Sleep Apnea Symptoms


Waking up exhausted every day is only one symptom of sleep apnea. Other symptoms include:
•  Snoring.
•  Waking up with a sore or dry throat.
•  Difficulty concentrating and performing daily tasks.
•  Falling asleep during the day, even while performing tasks such as driving.
•  Irritability and trouble controlling emotions.

Over time, sleep apnea can also lead to other significant issues, including hypertension, weight gain, an increased risk of issues such as heart disease and diabetes, greater risk of experiencing illnesses, and depression.

How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?


To diagnose sleep apnea, you need to undergo a sleep study. A sleep study can be done in a sleep clinic, or it can be done in your own home. Before you go to sleep, electrodes are attached to your body. These electrodes are connected to a computer, which then records the electrical signals sent by your brain and muscles. In the morning, a sleep specialist reads the information and can diagnose you with sleep apnea or other sleep-related issues.

Restoring Your Quality of Sleep


There are several different treatments that may be recommended for sleep apnea.
•  Weight loss.
•  Changing sleep positions.
•  CPAP machine. This is a machine that delivers a constant stream of air through a mask worn over your nose to keep the airway open.
•  Oral appliance therapy. We can create a custom oral appliance for you to wear while you sleep. The oral appliance works to keep your jaw in alignment, preventing your jaw from sliding back. This then keeps your oral tissues from falling into the airway.
•  Oral surgery. In cases of severe sleep apnea, oral surgery may be recommended. There are a few types of surgery that may be performed, such as removing excess oral tissue or moving the jaw forward.

If you wake up morning after morning feeling exhausted, sleep apnea may be to blame. For more information, and to find out what we can do for you, call Oasis Dental today at (360) 836-1100.
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Matthew Aldridge, DMD
Oasis Dental
16500 SE 15th St, Suite 180
Vancouver, WA 98683 MAP


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