Sleep Apnea Treatment Vancouver WA
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:
Common Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Waking up exhausted every day is only one symptom of sleep apnea. Other symptoms include:
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.
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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