WESTIE DESIGNED BY COMPLETE SLEEP RELIEF 2014
Complete Sleep Relief is a IN HOME SLEEP TESTING FACILITY for patients with mild, moderate and severe sleep disorders - from snoring to Obstructive Sleep Apnea to Periodic Limb Movement Disorder.
We provide a sleep testing unit in the comfort of your home. We know that people sleep better where they are comfortable, which helps to provide us with the most reliable sleep data.
The first step to diagnose many sleep disorders, such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and their severity is with an
in-home sleep study.
What is OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea)?
Sleep apnea (AP-ne-ah) is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes and can occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, when normal breathing resumes a loud snort or choking sound is heard. Sleep apnea usually is a chronic condition that disrupts your sleep due to breathing pauses or shallow breathing. This causes the body to often move out of deep sleep and into a light sleep. As a result, the quality of your sleep is poor making you tired during the day. Sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness.
Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed. Physicians usually can’t detect the condition during routine office visit, which is why is it becoming more essential for your dentist to also inquire about your sleep. No blood test can help diagnose the condition. Oral inspections, questionnaires and Home Sleep Test (HST) are becoming vital in helping to diagnosis sleep apnea. Most people who have sleep apnea don’t know they have it because it only occurs during sleep. A family member or significant other might be the first to notice signs of sleep apnea. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. In this condition, the airway collapses or becomes blocked either partially or fully during sleep which causes shallow breathing or breathing pauses. When you try to breathe, any air that squeezes past the blockage can cause loud snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common in people who are overweight; however it can affect anyone from adults to children. For example, small children who have enlarged tonsil tissues in their throats may have obstructive sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea is a less common type of sleep apnea. This disorder occurs if the area of your brain that controls your breathing doesn’t send the correct signals to your breathing muscles. As a result, you’ll make no effort to breathe for brief periods. Central sleep apnea can affect anyone. Central sleep apnea can occur with obstructive sleep apnea or alone. Snoring typically doesn’t happen with central sleep apnea.
Untreated sleep apnea can:
• Increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, and diabetes
• Increase the risk of, or worsen, heart failure
• Make arrhythmias or irregular heartbeats, more likely
• Increase the chance of having work-related or driving accidents
• About half or the people who have sleep apnea also have high blood pressure. Sleep apnea also is linked to smoking, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, Acid Reflux and risk factors for stroke, heart attack and heart failure.
What Are the Signs an Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
• Loud and chronic snoring with pauses that are followed by choking or gasping. This is usually loudest when you sleep on your back. You may not snore every night, but over time the snoring occurs more often and louder. A family member or significant other will often notice these symptoms before you do. Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea.
• Feeling tired during the day or fighting sleepiness during the day, at work, or while driving is another common sign. You may find yourself nodding off during quiet moments of the day. Even if you don’t have daytime sleepiness, talk with your doctor if you have problems breathing during sleep.
• Morning headaches
• Memory or learning problems, not being able to concentrate
• Feeling irritable, depresses, or having mood swings or personality changes
• Waking up frequently to urinate • Dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up
• Scalloped Tongue, Putrided Lower Jaw, Enlarged Tonsils, High Arching Hard Palate, Bruxism (teeth grinding), GERD
Who Is at Risk for Sleep Apnea?
Men are more likely than women to have sleep apnea. It can occur at any age; however the risk increases with age. People with Sleep Apnea are 23 times more at risk for a heart attack compared to people without it. A study by the AASM (Academy of Sleep Medicine) found that patients left untreated experience a decrease in life expectancy of 8-11 years. A family history of sleep apnea can increase your risk. People who have small airways in their noses, throats, or mouths due to the shape, structure, or allergies are more likely affected. Small children might have enlarged tonsil tissues or those that are overweight, raises their risk for sleep apnea. Race and ethnicity might play a role in the risk of developing sleep apnea, however more research is needed.
How Is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?
A medical and family histories questionnaire, a physical exam, and sleep study results are used in helping to diagnose sleep apnea. Your Physician or Dentist may evaluate your symptoms first, and then decide whether you need a Home Sleep Study. Board Certified Sleep Physicians and a Respiratory Care Practitioner work together with your Dentist to help diagnose and effectively treat your sleep apnea.
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Sleep apnea is treated with lifestyle changes (i.e. weight loss), FDA approved mandibular advancement splint (aka oral appliance) via a dentist or orthodontist who specialized n sleep therapy, CPAP or BIPAP, and surgery. Medications are not typically used to treat sleep apnea.
A mandibular advancement splint, also called Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT), has been proven to help people who have mild to moderate sleep apnea. However it can also be used for people with severe sleep apnea who need a twofold treatment method or for those that are non-compliant due to claustrophobia with their current CPAP. Your dentist may also recommend a mouthpiece if you snore loudly but don’t have sleep apnea. A dentist or orthodontist can make a custom-fit plastic mouthpiece for treating sleep apnea. The mouthpiece will adjust your lower jaw and your tongue to help keep your airways open while you sleep. Our goal is to restore your regular breathing cycle during sleep, and to relieve symptoms which in turn will aid to improve your health. Treatment may improve other medical problems linked to sleep apnea, such as high blood pressure and can reduce your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
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