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Insomnia

Pittsburgh Dental Sleep Medicine

Sleep Apnea and Snoring Specialist located in Wexford, PA, McMurray, PA, Latrobe, PA & Monroeville, PA

Everyone experiences occasional problems falling or staying asleep, but insomnia is a more serious matter. If you find yourself chronically deprived of quality rest, contact the team at Pittsburgh Dental Sleep Medicine in Wexford, Monroeville, McMurray, and Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a time that fits your busy life, or you can always call to check appointment availability.

Insomnia Q & A

What is insomnia, and how does it connect to dental issues?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you cannot consistently fall asleep or stay asleep. Insomnia looks different from one person to the next, but it is a serious condition that needs addressing as soon as possible. Your rest is a critical part of overall health and wellness and failing to get sufficient, high-quality sleep can lead to a spiral of health problems. 

Some of the symptoms of insomnia include:

  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Frequent waking during the night
  • Trouble falling back asleep once interrupted
  • Feeling tired upon waking
  • Waking up earlier than necessary

If you notice these changes, schedule an appointment with your physician to determine the cause of your insomnia.

How are sleep issues diagnosed?

Your doctor can help you get to the bottom of your sleep issues. In some cases, a medical condition or certain medications are to blame, and addressing those issues can lead to relief. 

Sleep apnea is a common cause of insomnia. This condition is characterized by relaxed muscles in your throat that block your airway during sleep. Deprived of oxygen, your body periodically gasps or jerks to restore airflow. 

While these actions may not cause you to fully awaken, they disrupt your sleep, sometimes thousands of times a night. That prevents you from getting the rest your body needs. 

A sleep study, in which trained professionals evaluate your sleep habits, diagnoses sleep apnea. Special equipment measures your breathing and level of sleep, giving you a snapshot of what happens during a normal night. 

How can I improve the quality of my sleep?

If sleep apnea is the cause of your insomnia, treating the condition can lead to significant improvements in the quantity or quality of your sleep. Pittsburgh Dental Sleep Medicine offers an alternative to CPAP, a common sleep apnea treatment, with a custom-fitted oral appliance, a device that you wear in your mouth during sleep. 

Oral appliances hold your jaw and/or tongue in the proper position to improve the flow of air into and out of your lungs. There are many different styles available, and your specialist can work with you to find the right match for your needs and the anatomy of your mouth. 

Your specialist works with you to determine the cause of your sleep issues and shapes a treatment plan around those needs. If sleep apnea, snoring, TMJ/TMD, or other dental issues are to blame, there are effective ways to find relief. 

Don’t accept insomnia as inevitable. Few things have a greater impact on your health than quality sleep, and there are treatments that can help all types of insomnia. Schedule an appointment at Pittsburgh Dental Sleep Medicine online or by phone to explore some available options.