Sleep is an essential part of our daily lives, and it is important to get a good night's sleep. It is vital for our health, but it also affects our mood, performance, and behavior. It is important to understand your sleeping patterns so that we can help you get the quality sleep that you need.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT SLEEP DISORDERS?
Insomnia: It is a disorder in which a person finds it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep for long. It can be due to various reasons such as stress, work-related issues, physical pain, depression, anxiety, medications, etc.
Sleep apnea: It is a disorder in which the patient has difficulty getting enough oxygen while asleep due to blockages in their airways. The blockages are caused due to the patient's collapse of the soft tissues in their airways during sleep.
Sleepwalking: Sleepwalking is a disorder where a person wakes up from their sleep and moves around while not being conscious of their actions. When they become conscious again, they have no recollection of their actions during this period of sleepwalking.
Night terrors: It is a condition where a person wakes from their sleep in a state of panic. They experience sudden sweating, increased heart rate, increased rapid breathing, etc., but remain unconscious. Despite waking up from a state of night terrors, the patient has no recollection of their actions during this period.
Sleep talking: It is a condition where a person talks out loud while sleeping. Sometimes they may even talk in different voices and make weird noises while sleeping.
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU WITH YOUR SLEEPING ISSUES?
We will recommend a sleep study from a sleep specialist. Our doctors will then look into your sleeping patterns and recommend suitable treatments based on them. If you have trouble falling asleep due to stress or anxiety, we could prescribe medications that would help you relax before going to bed. If you have difficulties staying asleep or suffer from obstructive sleep apnea or night terrors, we could suggest continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP) or oral appliances to treat them.
To know more about sleep and breathing, visit us at Helena, MT, or call us at (406) 443-6160 to schedule an appointment with the dentist and we will be happy to help.