Getting a good night's sleep is crucial to your long-term health. Sleep deprivation can lead to a diminished quality of life at a minimum and can be downright dangerous in some cases. However, many people who struggle to sleep well are completely unaware that their problem could be related to a condition called sleep apnea.
Prosthodontists are specialists who treat a number of conditions, depending on their area of expertise. One such area is the area of sleep apnea. If you are finding that you are not sleeping well, it is very possible that a prosthodontist could help you.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition where you stop breathing during the night. Of course, as you struggle to breathe, you eventually begin to wake up slightly. Once that happens, you begin breathing again, and you fall back asleep.
Because you won't wake all the way up during this condition, you often don't remember it in the morning. However, your body does: sleep apnea creates repeated breaks in your sleep cycle, and can leave you feeling fatigued and exhausted even after you have slept all night.
How Do Prosthodontists Help?
When we visit with someone who we suspect of suffering from sleep apnea, the first thing we do is to conduct a series of tests to diagnose the condition. Once it is confirmed that someone does in fact have sleep apnea, we set about finding the best way to treat the condition.
There are a number of ways to engage sleep apnea. We will sit down with you and go over the specifics of your particular case in order to determine the best treatment regimen for you. Then we will explain to you why it is we are making a suggestion for a given treatment. Finally, we monitor you to ensure that the treatment is working, helping you to get a better night's sleep.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (480) 820-4342 today.