Up to 70 million people in the US experience insomnia each year. At Pennsylvania Dental Sleep Medicine in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, snoring and sleep apnea dentist, Becky M. Fox, DMD, FAGD, D-ABDSM, may discuss your insomnia in relation to a co-diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea. Call our office today or use the online tool below to make an appointment.
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Insomnia makes it difficult to fall or stay asleep. Most people experience insomnia at different times in their life, usually during periods of high stress. Still, if your symptoms last for more than a week or affect your quality of life, it’s crucial to seek treatment. Early intervention can prevent the condition from worsening and improve your quality of sleep. Dr. Fox works with several sleep physicians in the Harrisburg, Hershey, and Camp Hill areas of Central Pennsylvania and is happy to coordinate your care accordingly.
Symptoms of insomnia include:
As insomnia worsens, you might also experience daytime fatigue or difficulty paying attention at work or school. Treating your insomnia sleep disorder can rejuvenate your energy and increase your overall health and wellness.
Pennsylvania Dental Sleep Medicine can not treat your insomnia directly, but we work with several physicians who can:
- Acute Insomnia
Acute insomnia lasts for a few days. Usually, it’s a result of stress or abnormal circumstances, like recovering from an illness or jet lag.
- Chronic Insomnia
Chronic Insomnia lasts for weeks or even months. Without treatment, chronic insomnia increases your risk of more serious medical issues, like heart disease and diabetes.
A sleep medicine expert or your primary care physician can help guide you toward a diagnosis. If your provider suspects that you have sleep apnea or another sleep disorder, they might also order an overnight sleep study. A sleep study monitors your muscle movements, respiratory rate, and heartbeat during sleep.
Treatment of Insomnia depends on various factors, including your age and the severity of your symptoms. Your doctor may recommend conservative measures, like keeping your stress in check, exercising regularly, and eating a balanced diet. You might also benefit from avoiding caffeine and alcohol. Improving your sleep hygiene and routines can facilitate as well.
If your symptoms continue or worsen even after making these changes, your provider might prescribe sleeping pills or supplements to help regulate your sleep-wake cycle. If your insomnia is due to sleep apnea, you may be referred to Pennsylvania Dental Sleep Medicine for Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). Combination therapy for OSA and Insomnia may be required to get you feeling your best and improve your health and wellness.
To learn more about combination therapy for your Insomnia and sleep apnea with OAT treatment call Pennsylvania Dental Sleep Medicine or request an appointment online today.