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Sleep Apnea


A woman in bed has trouble falling asleep next to husband with sleep apnea.When you think about visiting a dentist’s office, you are probably imagining a dental exam or maybe a cleaning. Whatever the exact scene that comes to mind, it is fair to say that it will usually be related to your teeth in some way, right? At Pickens Family Dentistry, we are pleased to be able to offer our patient's treatment options for a variety of health issues, including some that aren’t immediately connected to your oral health! We offer products that can help ease the symptoms of sleep apnea, for example, and can help you reclaim your sleep and enjoy your rest again.

Good sleep is vital to a happy life

Humans tend to spend around one-third of their lives sleeping. That might seem excessive to you, but it is necessary to note that sleeping is one of the most important things we can do to help lead healthy and successful lives. If you find yourself suffering from sleep deprivation or insomnia, you are probably already aware just how much not sleeping regularly can affect you. You might find yourself falling into a deep depression, while your energy levels deplete more and more each day. This is why sleep apnea is such a serious issue – one that should be addressed as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

Sleep apnea prevents good sleep

When you suffer from sleep apnea, you rarely get a good night’s rest. As you sleep, your airway becomes obstructed. This causes a pause in your breathing – a time where you stop breathing entirely. These pauses might be just a second, or they might last for over a minute. They also occur hundreds or even thousands of times a night, depending on the severity of your condition. When your breath pauses for too long, your body reacts by pulling you from a deep sleep, where the pausing tends to happen. This happens every time that a pause becomes too long for comfort, and those pauses almost always occur when you hit deep sleep. As you can imagine, that means that the amount of deep sleep (the healing sleep that our body and mind need to function well) is dramatically increased in someone with sleep apnea.

The symptoms of sleep apnea

Many sufferers of sleep apnea do not even realize that they have a problem because the issue does not cause overt symptoms other than a sense of fatigue. Well, to be a bit more specific, sleep apnea doesn’t cause many symptoms that an individual can discover on their own. It does, however, have one symptom that others can probably tell you about: snoring. When your body pulls you from a deep sleep, you often begin breathing again with a great big snore. They might even be loud enough to wake up anyone sleeping in the same room!

Treatment for sleep apnea

To help prevent your airway from becoming obstructed and to help decrease your snoring, Pickens Family Dentistry is pleased to offer certain mouthpieces that are designed to help keep your breath flowing smoothly.

After you have been properly diagnosed and treated for sleep apnea, you look can forward to good sleep again.For more information about sleep apnea, snoring, and how we can help, contact Pickens Family Dentistry today at (360) 254-6411!

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