Do you find yourself struggling to stay awake throughout the day, even when you’ve gone to bed at a decent hour? Do you have allergies? If you answered ‘yes’ to both questions, then there’s a chance that you’re suffering from sleep apnea in Sioux Falls and your allergies are contributing to it. As you read on, you’ll learn about a condition that could be making a big impact on your overall health and how you can treat it.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that causes you to partially awaken, repeatedly, throughout the night. This happens because of temporary interruptions in your breathing that trigger your brain to send a distress signal throughout your nervous system, which causes you to rouses you from your sleep.
The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructed sleep apnea (OSA), which involves the muscles in your throat collapsing while you sleep and partially blocking your airway. Researchers have found, though, that allergies can play a contributing role in this problem.
How Allergies Encourage OSA
A condition called allergic rhinitis occurs when allergens in the air are inhaled by patients, resulting in irritated and inflamed nasal passages. One study found that if you suffer from this condition, then your sleep can be drastically altered, and you can experience the same symptoms associated with OSA.
Here are some of the warning signs to be on the lookout for:
- Daytime Fatigue
- Decreased Productivity
- Decreased Attention Span
- Memory Loss
- Sexual Dysfunction
It’s very important not to ignore these symptoms because the combination of sleep apnea and rhinitis can lead to major problems like heart disease and stroke.
How Your Dentist Can Help
If you notice any of the above-mentioned symptoms, then you should contact your dentist to have a sleep study conducted. The expert will be able to custom design an oral appliance that will fit comfortably into your mouth while you sleep. It remedies the problem of the muscles collapsing in your throat by pushing your jaw forward.
For your allergies, you can talk with your primary care physician about what can be done to decrease the inflammation in your nasal passages. Combined with wearing an oral appliance, this will help to restore you to normal, so that you can be as healthy and productive as possible.
If you’re suffering from either of these problems, don’t hesitate to reach out to your local dentist to schedule an appointment today.
About the Author
Dr. Kari Bolen earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Creighton University School of Dentistry. She places an emphasis on patient comfort and is eager to educate and motivate while providing the absolute best in dental care. Additionally, she maintains membership with several professional organizations to stay abreast of the latest changes in the world of dentistry. Dr. Bolen helps patients sleep better at Family Dentistry of Sioux Falls and can be reached for more information through her website.