Family vacations are one of the best parts about the summer months. The kids are out of school for a bit, and you get to slow down and spend quality time with the people you love. You also can look forward to exploring the country and experiencing new people and places.
But if you have sleep apnea, a summer break isn’t always as rejuvenating as it could be. That’s because most of your nights are restless, for you, your sleep partner, and the little ones in the rooms down the hall.
It’s especially difficult to enjoy a nice family vacation when you’re sharing a hotel room. If everyone on the trip is suffering from sleep deprivation because of your loud snoring, your travel party will be more irritable and cranky than happy and rested.
At Advanced Dental, you can find relief. Dr. Reiter has spent many years strengthening his expertise in the treatment of sleep apnea. He uses his knowledge and experience to help sleep apnea sufferers find the rest they desperately need right here in our Las Cruces dental office.
We’re here today to talk to you about how you can keep sleep apnea from ruining your summer plans with the people you love!
How Is Sleep Apnea Stealing Your Summer?
One of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea is persistent, loud snoring. Now, snoring every now and then isn’t really a cause for alarm. But if you snore very loudly night after night, it could be a red flag that you have this dangerous sleep condition.
Sure, snoring can be funny. It’s probably a common practice in your house for your spouse and kids to pick on you at the breakfast table about the painting-chipping noise of your snores the night before. If you’re not aware of any connection between your snoring and another health condition, then it’s tempting to make light of it.
But the truth is that sleep apnea can be really dangerous if left untreated. Just ask Star Wars fans across the world as they mourn the recent passing of their beloved Princess Leia. Actress, Carrie Fisher, is said to have died as a result of, among other health problems, her chronic sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects your ability to breathe consistently while you sleep. Naturally, a person who hasn’t been diagnosed may not even know they have it, but the pattern goes something like this:
-After you fall asleep, your airways become obstructed by relaxed soft tissues and muscles.
-You begin to snore louder and louder as your airways become more and more restricted.
-Once your airway is completely blocked, you will stop breathing for a few seconds.
-Your body’s natural response to the lack of air is to wake up suddenly and start breathing again.
-In a few moments, you’re drifting off to sleep again.
This goes on hundreds of times throughout the night, making it impossible for you to get a truly deep, relaxing sleep. It’s no wonder that you wake up the next morning feeling groggy, you drag all day, feel moody and irritable, and have a hard time focusing.
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
At Advanced Dental, one of the first things we try to determine is whether or not you actually have it. This is done with a sleep study administered by our sleep apnea expert, Dr. Reiter.
Once you’ve been diagnosed, Dr. Reiter will sit down with you to discuss your treatment options. One of the most common in an oral appliance that looks much like a mouthguard. It’s meant to push your lower jaw into a position that allows ample air to flow through and to reduce snoring.
When you’re able to breathe freely while you sleep, you can finally fall into the deep sleep you need to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle a long day of sightseeing with your family!
Do You Want To Save Your Summer From Sleep Apnea?
Don’t let your summer plans be ruined by the symptoms of sleep apnea. Get the much-needed rest you need now! Call our Las Cruces dental office at 575-680-1037 or by fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.