Relationship Problems

Relationship Problems

Chronic crankiness and fatigue can steadily kill any relationship

Relationship Problems

Chronic crankiness and fatigue can steadily kill any relationship

Dr. Benjamin Polan cures relationship problems due to sleep disorders in Beverly, MA

Chronic crankiness and fatigue can steadily kill any relationship

Chronic crankiness and fatigue can steadily kill any relationship. Sleep deprivation often leads to relationship problems as there’s no fun in being with someone with low energy and high irritability. If the grouchy couch potato snores a lot as well, obstructive sleep apnea may be the problem.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder that interrupts breathing repeatedly during sleep. Sleep apnea produces impulses from the brain to awaken the sleeper just enough to restart respiration. The sleep disorder apnea is not rare as one in five adults has a mild to moderate case. Incessant snoring strongly indicates sleep apnea and should be examined by a physician.

Sleep apnea is a key factor in depression, irritability, sexual impotence, memory problems, and drowsiness. Ultimately, the patient is at their worst during the daytime making them unfit for the balance required in an intimate relationship.

The problem is not beyond repair

For mild to moderate sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy is recommended by the American Sleep Apnea association as a first line treatment. An experienced sleep dentist such as Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA takes impressions of the teeth to custom fit an oral appliance to the patient’s exact bite. The oral appliance is then made to these specifications at an FDA approved lab before being sent back to the dentist. The appliance ensures that placement in the mouth holds the lower jaw in place and moves the tongue forward by elevating the soft palate and keeping the tongue from falling back into the airway. Oral appliances are excellent for patients who fail other treatment attempts, though they should have regular office visits with their pulmonologists or sleep physicians to monitor treatment maintenance and symptoms.

Lifestyle changes can mitigate sleep apnea symptoms

Many overweight patients have managed to cure sleep apnea by losing excess weight. The CPAP air-pressure mask only treats the symptom; weight loss can potentially fully cure it. Alcohol should be avoided because it causes frequent nocturnal arousals and relaxes upper throat muscles, and B narrows the airway and aggravates apnea and snoring. Ironically, sedatives prescribed for insomnia can relax throat muscles and worsen airway obstruction. Sleeping on the side rather than the back helps some patients with mild sleep apnea.

Regular, restful sleep that recharges and reinvigorates the body and mind for the physical, mental, and emotional challenges of life is an absolute necessity for good health, which in turn is necessary for the life of good, healthy relationships. Relationships are living things that thrive in happy times and wither from abuse and neglect.

Anyone aware of frequent snoring, especially if made aware by partner’s complaints, may suffer from symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea and should consult a dental sleep doctor like Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA without delay to discuss treatment.

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan

Depression

Depression

Devastating effects of sleep deprivation

Depression

Devastating effects of sleep deprivation

Dr. Benjamin Polan explains how sleep deprivation can cause depression

Devastating effects of sleep deprivation

The human body repairs and re-energizes itself during sleep, which is why getting a good night’s sleep is vital to staying healthy and fit. Restful sleep is important for maintaining physical, cognitive and emotional stability. Failure to get restful sleep over a prolonged period can result in the occurrence of serious medical conditions which may detrimentally affect overall quality of life, so it’s important to seek an experienced dental sleep doctor such as Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly as soon as symptoms are realized.

Depression and sleep apnea

Many people suffer from the potentially life-threatening sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea interrupts the flow of air into the lungs while a person is asleep. This can cause the sufferer to stop breathing for more than ten seconds at a time and may happen as often as ten times in an hour. These episodes occur when the muscles in the throat relax and the tongue blocks the airway thus reducing the amount of oxygen.

Inadequate sleep plays a major role in depression, which can result from the inability to sleep over a period of time, a common side effect of sleep apnea. Frequent mood changes occur and individuals may have trouble controlling emotions. A report by the Institute of Medicine discovered that approximately fifty to seventy million people suffer from chronic sleep disorders. Fortunately, sleep dentistry is an area that focuses on managing sleep-related disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea and snoring with less obtrusive solutions than some medical ones.

Oral appliance therapy

Oral appliance therapy may be the appropriate treatment for some patients who resist using the standard medical treatments. The proper course of therapy for those suffering from sleep-related disorders must be determined through a joint consultation between a physician who makes the diagnosis and a dental sleep specialist.

Dental sleep specialists such as Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA use innovative oral appliance therapy to treat sleep-related disorders like sleep apnea, snoring and other sleep related breathing disorders. Oral appliances resembling other orthodontic devices and are worn like a sports mouth protector and allow proper breathing for a sleeping person by moving the jaw forward and opening up the back of the throat thus creating more adequate air intake.

Individuals who suffer from any sleep related disorders should consider the consequences of neglecting to seek treatment. Since there is a definite link between sleep deprivation and depression, an early definitive diagnosis and subsequent treatment from a dental sleep specialist can provide relief. When normal sleep patterns are restored, patients regain their physical and emotional well-being. Successful treatment enables a person to enjoy a good night’s sleep and an overall better quality of life free of symptoms that accompany sleep deprivation.

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan