Do you feel rested when you wake up in the morning? Even if you think you're getting a full night's rest, if you suffer from frequent morning headaches or you find yourself unable to concentrate on your tasks throughout the day, you may be waking up at night without even realizing it.
A sleep disorder known as sleep apnea may cause you to stop breathing during the night. This is typically due to airway obstruction, and the lack of oxygen will signal your brain to wake you up. Even though this happens multiple times during the night, you may not even be aware of it, until you feel exhausted at work the next day, or unable to focus and concentrate.
The good news is that Dr. Hagan has solutions for sleep apnea in Kingsport that will help you get the restful sleep at night that you need.
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
Loud snoring that keeps your partner awake at night is a telltale sign of sleep apnea. For an official diagnosis, your physician will recommend a sleep test. In many cases, you can even complete a sleep test at home. Once you have a formal diagnosis of sleep apnea, and you know the level of severity you're dealing with, you can move forward with treatment so you can get a good night's rest again.
Treating Sleep Apnea
Your physician will likely recommend CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure therapy, if you suffer from sleep apnea. While this is a good solution for many patients, it does cause problems for others.
The CPAP requires you to wear a mask at night while you sleep, and the machine is too loud for some people. An alternative to CPAP treatment that Dr. Hagan can help with is oral appliance therapy.
He will create a custom oral appliance for you that gently repositions your jaw during sleep to keep your airway open for clear breathing. Many people find their oral appliance easier to travel with, more comfortable to wear while they sleep, which is more effective for treating their sleep apnea.
Would you like to learn more about solutions for sleep apnea in Kingsport, TN? Contact Hagan Dentistry today for more information.