June is an important month for many reasons. The weather hits its sunny stride and families start heading out on vacation during the break from school. June also happens to be Men’s Health Month, and Dr. Patrick Cieplak and our staff at Cieplak Dental Excellence in La Plata, MD feel it is important to address a problem that affects 22 million Americans, mostly men over 40: sleep apnea.
Understanding Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a disorder where a person’s breathing is cut off while sleeping. There are three types of apnea:
Learning the Signs
You should receive a proper diagnosis from your dentist or a health professional, but you can also take note of the common signs of this disorder:
While individually these symptoms may seem mostly harmless, a combination of several could indicate sleep apnea to be the issue. By receiving an official diagnosis, you can then start on treatment.
Caring for Your Health
One of the greatest risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea is being overweight. Surprisingly, you may be able to get your apnea under control simply by losing weight. A dentist trained in sleep apnea treatment, such as Dr. Cieplak, may also aid in treatment by providing a special dental device to keep your airway open while you sleep or a CPAP or BPAP machine. Surgery is another treatment option in some cases.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition you should not take lightly. Start Men’s Health Month off on the right foot by contacting our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cieplak at Cieplak Dental Excellence today.