You may have sleep apnea. You may also have hypertension. What you may not have is the background information to make the connection between these two problems. The fact of the matter is, if you’re dealing with nightly, interrupted sleep due to this sleep disorder and it goes on untreated for a while, high blood pressure often develops as a side effect. Does that mean your sleeping concern is the only contributing factor? Not necessarily. However, making sure you see the relationship between these issues (and hopefully taking steps to address your sleep with our Livonia, MI team) is certainly something to consider!
You may have lots of questions about what’s causing your sleep apnea and whether you definitely require sleep apnea treatment. Of course, if you’re experiencing this sleep disorder, it is always to your benefit to begin treatment ASAP, so you can breathe successfully and sleep soundly through the night. This impacts not only your daily energy but also your overall health. As for what’s going on behind the scenes to make the disorder happen? Well, it’s multifaceted. A visit with our Livonia, MI team may shed more light on your unique situation. For now, we’d like to answer some common questions that will be of help.
Do you have kiddos who are about to go back to school, once summer vacation wraps up? If so, you’ve been enjoying a much more relaxed schedule than the much more structured routine that comes with life when school is in session. With that said, we wonder: How has your sleep been this summer? Perhaps you have made note of some things that have caused you to think you might be dealing with a sleep disorder that could really use treatment from our Livonia, MI team! Not to worry, whether you just have an instinct or a pretty solid idea about what’s going on, we welcome you in for a consultation, so we can help you sort out the details (and get back to sleep).
Knowing you have sleep apnea is the most important part to dealing with it. Unfortunately, many people who suffer from its symptoms don’t realize that they do, or that there’s a need for treatment to address their condition. At our Livonia, MI, office, we help patients deal with sleep apnea and enjoy deeper, more peaceful rest by offering custom-designed appliances that they can wear while they sleep. If you aren’t sure whether or not you have sleep apnea and can benefit from an appliance, then the first step should be to speak with a sleep expert at our office. (more…)
There are some worries that might be causing you to cling to fear, rather than come in for the help you think you might need for sleep apnea. For instance, you may wonder if you actually need sleep apnea treatment or if we will tell you that it’s probably something else. You worry that you’ll feel embarrassed or that you will have wasted our time (absolutely not true!), so you just don’t schedule a visit with our Livonia, MI team … even though you’d like to. Let us help you see that when you think you might need help, it’s worth setting up time to meet with us!
If you are aware that something isn’t quite right with your sleep and you’re also noticing that you have a chronically sore throat in the mornings, you may be doing your best to piece the details together but realize that you’re just coming up empty. What might be happening that’s causing this symptom, you wonder, and is it directly linked to your sleep? Is it something else? Furthermore, what can you do about it? As you might have seen coming, our Livonia, MI team is ready to help with sleep disorder advice and more!
You may occasionally wonder: Does the world of sleep disorder treatment change? Is it always evolving? Or, when you come in to meet with our Livonia, MI team, are we just providing you with the same care that’s been offered for years? Fortunately, we can happily report that the world of sleep medicine is always advancing and that we are extremely proactive in keeping up with the latest and greatest, so you’re able to receive effective, comfortable care! Consider some details from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine’s (AADSM) annual meeting we just attended!
You may catch wind of sleep apnea and think to yourself, wow, that sounds a lot like what I’m going through! However, you may worry about that one particular detail: The fact that many patients wake up and return to sleep so quickly that they don’t remember the actually event itself. This may cause you to wonder, how are you ever going to figure out what’s going on if you don’t have any recollection of it? Fortunately, our Livonia, MI team is happy to explain that there are other ways of picking up on this concern and then bringing it to our attention for help!
As you may already know, changing your sleep position can be extremely helpful if you’re a patient who is snoring or you’re someone in need of sleep apnea treatment. Remember, the reason for these sleep disorders is the partial or full obstruction of your airways. While there are many factors that come into play, sometimes, it’s simply gravity and the shift of soft tissues toward your throat that makes things worse. So, if you’re a back sleeper, we remind you that this is not the best way to sleep because it promotes breathing disruption. Instead, lying on your stomach or on your side is much better! Ready to make the change but not sure how? Our Livonia, MI team can offer guidance!
You may come up with lots of adjectives as you consider what it might mean to end up with sleep apnea. However, what you may not ever realize is that it can be more than annoying, exhausting, frustrating, and confusing. Did you know that this sleep disorder can actually be dangerous, particularly when you decide to try to brush it aside, as you pretend it isn’t happening to you? Our Livonia, MI team reminds you of some important hazards to consider, so you realize you really should be seeing us for sleep apnea treatment!