Do you often wake up not feeling rested at all? Are you grumpy first thing in the morning or have a headache soon as you get out of bed? Does your snoring often disturb your bed partner? If any of these things describe you, you could be experiencing sleep loss caused by sleep apnea.
Don’t worry – the experts at the TMJ and Sleep Dentistry Center of Central Kentucky can help. Dr. Patricia Takacs has been giving patients relief from sleep apnea for many years. She and her team can help you as well. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and also completed a mini-residency in sleep medicine at Tufts University, where she studied the latest treatment techniques. Rest assured, your care will be in good hands.
A recent study showed that in the 30 to 60 age range, as many as 9 percent of women and a whopping 24 percent of men suffer from this harmful disease! Besides just disrupting your sleep and causing snoring, sleep apnea has been linked to serious health consequences such as high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and depression.
Loss of sleep from sleep apnea often goes untreated. If you think you might be suffering from it, it’s time to do something about it now! Call us today at 859-251-5115 for a consultation.
Familiarize Yourself With Sleep Apnea
There are two basic types of sleep apnea, central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea occurs when the muscles that control breathing don’t receive the proper instructions from the brain.
Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common. It occurs when your air supply is temporarily blocked by the tongue and other soft tissues in the throat. It is normal for them to relax some while sleeping, but it they drop down too much, your air passages can become restricted. This restriction causes snoring as air passes around these tissues.
When you experience oxygen deprivation, your brain signals your body to wake up and take in more air. After you do (often with a loud snort), you drift back to sleep again – until the next episode occurs. This cycle can repeat itself dozens of times per hour and hundreds of times per night in severe sufferers of sleep apnea!
Age plays a big factor in whether or not you’ll experience sleep apnea. Body weight, alcohol use, and even some medications can also play a role in the development of this condition.
You’ll Get Personalized Treatment
Rather than just giving you a mouthguard like many dentists do, or simply prescribing a CPAP machine like most doctors do, Dr. Takacs will work to find the best combination of treatments for your situation.
We’ll work with a trusted physician to get you an accurate diagnosis, then provide you with treatment that’s tailored just for your needs. It might consist of CPAP therapy, a custom mouthguard, or both. Our goal is to help you sleep better, feel better, and help you prevent bigger health problems, so we want to give you the best treatment possible.