Insomnia San Jacinto CA, Sleep Apnea Hemet, 92583 CA, Sleep Disorder, DENTIST San Jacinto CA DENTIST San Jacinto CA Do you snore? San Jacinto DENTAL PATIENT Do I what? DENTIST San Jacinto CA Snore? San Jacinto DENTAL PATIENT Snoring is annoying. Though I kind of think snoring is funny too. DENTIST San Jacinto CA Not really. Most people who snore have something called sleep apnea, which means they stop breathing many times during the night, waking up slightly, and don’t get enough sleep - causing all kinds of serious problems. San Jacinto DENTAL PATIENT Seriously? DENTIST San Jacinto CA Seriously.
Lately there’s a tremendous amount of concern in the news about so many people being tired and fatigued during the day San Jacinto DENTAL PATIENT I hate being tired. I hate it! When I’m tired, I don’t get as much done. I get cranky. I have less drive to accomplish things. Did I mention cranky? Also unmotivated. I’m not too happy.
And I’m cranky. DENTIST San Jacinto CA yes, that is bad enough, but it can be more serious than that. There are news stories like the bus driver falling asleep and wrapping his bus around a power pole - killing himself and other people. San Jacinto DENTAL PATIENT That’s terrible! DENTIST San Jacinto CA Some believe that drivers falling asleep in cars may cause more accidents than those driving drunk. San Jacinto DENTAL PATIENT I hadn’t thought of that. So for some people, this tiredness problem is called? DENTIST San Jacinto CA Sleep apnea.
It is estimated that eighteen million people in the United CAs may have this sleep disorder. San Jacinto DENTAL PATIENT Eighteen million? Are you kidding me? DENTIST San Jacinto CA I am not. It’s potentially a serious ailment that can also cause medical problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, poor concentration, irritability, weakened immune system, and memory loss. San Jacinto DENTAL PATIENT How does sleep apnea happen? DENTIST San Jacinto CA The most common form happens when the throat muscles relax during sleep and cause the airway to be blocked, often by the tongue. Your breathing temporarily stops. San Jacinto DENTAL PATIENT Yikes. Breathing stops? That can’t be good. DENTIST San Jacinto CA It’s not.
It causes oxygen levels to lower in the blood, the brain detects this decrease and reopens the airway and you will continue breathing again. The gap in breathing is very brief and you never fully wake up - so you don’t even know it’s happening. San Jacinto DENTAL PATIENT I wonder if I have it. When I’m tired, I just reach for coffee or a Red Bull energy drink in the afternoon. DENTIST San Jacinto CA That isn’t healthy and doesn’t solve the real problem. Besides, sleep apnea causes other issues, like increasing the risk of dying from heart attacks during sleep by 30 percent. San Jacinto DENTAL PATIENT Not good at all.
So how do you know if you have it? DENTIST San Jacinto CA Most people don’t. People may think they got a full night’s sleep, but are still very tired. That’s because they really only got a couple of hours of quality sleep. Their sleep is constantly interrupted so they don’t get the deep sleep they really need. It’s believed some people stop breathing twenty to thirty times an hour. San Jacinto DENTAL PATIENT Once more - yikes! So how does anyone know they have it? DENTIST San Jacinto CA Sleep apnea is most common with people who also snore, and often with people who are very overweight.
Frequently, your sleeping partner may notice your breathing stop during the night, or at least notice the snoring. Once you suspect, you can get tested for it. San Jacinto DENTAL PATIENT If you do have sleep apnea, can anything be done? DENTIST San Jacinto CA Yes. One common treatment for sleep apnea is a C-PAP device.
The patient actually wears an oxygen mask while sleeping that connects to a machine. This machine pushes in air to keep the airway open. San Jacinto DENTAL PATIENT And it works? DENTIST San Jacinto CA Yes but no.
San Jacinto DENTAL PATIENT Yes but no? How is it yes and no? DENTIST San Jacinto CA Yes, the C-PAP is very effective. But three quarters of patients stop using it because it is so uncomfortable, and because you need to sleep in one position on your back for it to be effective. San Jacinto DENTAL PATIENT So yes it works. But most people stop using it. Is there anything else that helps? DENTIST San Jacinto CA Yes, dentists can also treat sleep apnea. They make the patient a simple dental appliance to wear. San Jacinto DENTAL PATIENT Like a retainer you get after braces? DENTIST San Jacinto CA Similar, or like a mouthpiece you wear for sports.
It actually pushes the lower jaw and tongue slightly forward to keep the airway open while you sleep. It's much more comfortable to wear. San Jacinto DENTAL PATIENT So a person will actually use it! DENTIST San Jacinto CA Some doctors think that it is not quite as effective as the C-PAP, but in reality, this dental device can help more people who are suffering from sleep apnea because it is more comfortable to use and therefore more patients will use it.
San Jacinto DENTAL PATIENT Thank goodness for dentists! DENTIST San Jacinto CA That’s what I always tell my patients! An ounce of prevention is a pound of cure. Visit your DENTIST San Jacinto CA today and get your dental checkup. You will feel better... And look better! Insomnia, Sleep Disorder, Sleep Apnea treatments are available at your DENTIST San Jacinto CA office.
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