If you wake up feeling groggy most mornings, or your significant other regularly complains about your snoring habits, you might be one of the 22 million Americans with sleep apnea. Mandana Kheshtchin, DDS, at A&N Dental in Tempe, Arizona, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of this common sleep disorder. If you dream of getting a better night’s rest, call the office or click the online booking tool to make an appointment today.
Sleep apnea is a common, but potentially serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop and start breathing multiple times during sleep. Left untreated, sleep apnea can interfere with your quality of life and lead to more serious health problems, including heart disease and liver problems. If you wake up most mornings with a headache or regularly have trouble staying focused at work, sleep apnea may be to blame.
There are three different types of sleep apnea: central sleep apnea, complex sleep apnea, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type and occurs when the soft tissues at the back of your throat relax while you’re asleep.
Ultimately, this blocks your airflow and causes you to wake up gasping for air. If you think you might have sleep apnea, it’s important to make an appointment with Dr. Kheshtchin at A&N Dental.
Sleep apnea affects men, women, and children. However, there are certain factors that may increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to develop sleep apnea if your parents or grandparents had it. Researchers aren’t entirely sure why, but sleep apnea often runs in families.
Sleep apnea affects everyone differently, but there are telltale signs to watch out for. These include:
You might also feel irritable during the day or have trouble paying attention at work or school.
To diagnose sleep apnea, Dr. Kheshtchin reviews your medical history, performs an oral exam, and asks about the symptoms you’re experiencing.
She might also order a series of dental cone beam CT scans to get a better look at your airways and the soft tissues at the back of your throat. After gathering all of this information, Dr. Kheshtchin makes a diagnosis.
For mild and moderate cases of sleep apnea, Dr. Kheshtchin usually recommends a night guard. A night guard is a custom oral appliance similar to a mouthguard that pushes your lower jaw forward. This improves airflow and helps you sleep comfortably throughout the night.
For more serious cases, Dr. Kheshtchin might refer you to a sleep specialist.
Everyone deserves a restful, rejuvenating night’s sleep. Make an appointment at A&N Dental by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.