Mental Health and Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea can be bad for your physical health in the long term, but more immediately, it can be bad for your mental health. Many people choose to ignore the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea, but this is also choosing for your body to not get the sleep it requires to be rested and ready for your day. At All Smiles Sleep Solutions, we can help you get a more complete night’s rest by relieving the obstruction that is causing your brain to send stress signals and disturbing your sleep. We provide a wide range of possibilities - some are surprisingly simple.
When a person has obstructive sleep apnea, their airway is either partially or fully obstructed from getting the intake of air that we need to function. When this happens, the brain responds by sending out stress hormones, or adrenaline, to jar the person just enough to open wide and take a deep breath. It may not fully wake the person, but it does take them out of REM and into the light sleep range. This disturbance may not be so bad if it happened once or twice, but this can average 400 times in the night and ultimately mean that the person did not get the rest their body needs. The result is a person who is unrested and a body pumped with adrenaline. This combination is going to leave a person in a poor mental health state.
People with obstructive sleep apnea often wake feeling one or multiple of the symptoms listed below, including:
Oral Appliance Therapy to Help with Sleep Apnea
We provide options to help you breathe better while you sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea can occur for multiple reasons, and because of that, we offer multiple options to help treat it. One option is through the use of a customized appliance designed to open the airway where you need it most. The first step is in determining why you have a blockage and then determine how we can help the airway be more open. The answer could be as simple as wearing a retainer-like device.