Do you wake up feeling tired?
If you’ve ruled out other causes, you might be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Many of those with OSA aren’t even aware of it, but it can have a devastating impact on your sleep and, subsequently, on your energy levels, concentration, mood and general health. So what is it?
While we’re awake, we have sufficient muscle tone to keep our airways open and allow for normal breathing. For people with sleep apnea, the tissues in your neck collapse during sleep, effectively cutting off your breathing for short periods of time. When this happens, your brain automatically wakes you up, usually with a loud snore or jolting snort, in order to get you to breathe again. A person with OSA often experiences several of these wakening episodes during the night, though they often don’t remember them, and consequently feels very sleepy (more than just ‘tired’) during the day. (Their partner may also be affected!)
What are the symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
The symptoms and signs of sleep apnea can include:
- Loud heavy snoring, interrupted by snorts and/or gasps
- Excessive daytime sleepiness, (falling asleep at work, whilst driving, during conversation or when watching TV).
- Irritability, short temper
- Morning headaches
- Changes in mood or behaviour
- Anxiety or depression
- Decreased libido
What can you do?
If you experience any of the above symptoms, it’s best to get checked out by your GP. If all medical causes are ruled out, they may suggest you come and speak with your dentist about having a MAD, or bespoke mouth guard, fitted.
Mandibular advancement devices are mouth guards made of plastic and crafted to fit comfortably in your mouth and hold the lower jaw and tongue forward while you sleep. This makes more space for you to breathe, thereby helping to prevent sleep apnea and also snoring. At The Dental Surgery, we take an impression of your mouth to make your MAD bespoke to you, which results in a much better, more effective and more comfortable fit than buying one over the counter or on the internet.
Please note that if you have false or uneven teeth, gum disease or tempro-mandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ / teeth grinding), your solution might be slightly more complicated, but don’t fear! Simply discuss it with us so we can try to help you.
Being told you have OSA is often a surprise, but the good news is that it’s generally quite easy to remedy with a bespoke MAD from The Dental Surgery. If you have any doubts, simply give us a call or come in and let us have a look. We’ll do our best to get you sorted and back on the next train to dreamland!
Book a consultation
At The Dental Surgery we work with you on an individual basis and budget to tailor your specific requirements. Give us a call today to discuss arrange a consultation in which we can discuss the best options for you, or alternatively complete the form on this page and a member of our team will be in touch to arrange your consultation.