After a long night of sleep, do you often wake up feeling more exhausted than ever? But you slept for 10 hours? If so, this might be a sign that you have sleep apnea. Waking up tired and feeling fatigued throughout the day is one of the top symptoms of sleep apnea next to snoring. Do you snore at night? If the answer is yes, sleep apnea might be the culprit to your daytime exhaustion. The Advanced Dental Sleep Treatment Center in Omaha, NE is here to help you figure out if sleep apnea is the cause and how to treat it.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing at night. You stop breathing long enough for your blood oxygen to drop and alert your brain sensors of danger. As a result, you awaken enough to gasp or choke to catch your breath and alert your heart to start pumping faster. Most people with sleep apnea aren’t aware they do this at night. It’s these moments of gasping for air throughout the night that doesn’t allow you to rest peacefully. They continue to interrupt your sleep, forcing you to awaken in the morning feeling exhausted.
How Do I Get Tested for Sleep Apnea?
If you suspect sleep apnea is the cause of your exhaustion, the first step is to get tested for sleep apnea. The good news is we can most often (depending on your insurance guidelines) send you home with a diagnostic sleep test right from our office! The other good news is that it’s an in-home study, meaning you can do it from the comfort of your own bed. This data then gets sent off to a board-certified sleep physician who interprets the results. With your diagnosis, you can continue your visit to Dr. Roubal for your sleep apnea treatment in Omaha.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
If you have sleep apnea and you would like to wake up feeling refreshed and rested, Dr. Roubal can provide you with the right treatment for your needs. Although it’s effective, most patients tend to steer clear of CPAP to treat their sleep apnea. This is because the machine is loud and uncomfortable to use.
Instead, our patients prefer custom oral appliance therapy. We create custom-made oral appliances to fit your mouth precisely to give you a comfortable way to treat sleep apnea. The oral appliance pushes the jaw forward to open up your airways so you can breathe throughout the night. Wearing an oral appliance feels a lot like wearing a retainer while wearing a CPAP mask feels a lot like wearing a mask.