Have you ever heard of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? Some studies show that up to 25 million people in the United States suffer from poor sleep due to OSA. Without treatment, the disorder may lead to serious complications for our overall health. Fortunately, we use oral appliance therapy to help patients in Independence, MO, enjoy better rest!
What Causes Sleep Apnea to Occur?
A number of factors impact our risk of developing OSA, including neck circumference, obesity, sleeping on our backs, sinus or allergy issues, deviated septum, family history of sleep apnea, excessive alcohol consumption before bed, and large tonsils. Each apneic episode involves the person’s airways being blocked by the collapse of soft tissues in the throat and mouth. These tissues block airways and cause the patient to stop breathing. The brain registers the sudden drop in oxygen and wakes the patient, often hundreds of times per night. People rarely remember these episodes, which prevents them from reaching the deep stage of sleep needed to stay alert and happy during the day.
The Impact of Poor Sleep
People with sleep apnea often suffer from persistent snoring, drowsiness during the day, irritability, difficulty concentrating on tasks at work or school, dry mouth, and headaches. As the disorder progresses and remains untreated, the risk of falling asleep behind the wheel, injuring oneself on the job, and developing depression and high blood pressure increase. For some, this could eventually lead to a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. In order to avoid these severe complications, we suggest seeing our team for treatment.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Often, treatment simply involves prescribing a custom-made oral appliance. The device will look like a mouthguard and be worn as you sleep. The device actually moves your jaw forward, which helps keep airway open and allows you to breathe without interruption throughout the night, enjoying a better night’s rest and avoiding apneic episodes. We may also suggest sleeping on your side, avoiding alcohol or caffeine products before bed, maintaining a regular sleep schedule (going to bed and waking up at the same times daily), and keeping your bedroom dark and cool. If you have any questions about treating sleep apnea, or if you worry you may need a diagnosis, then contact our team today. Better sleep means a better quality of life, and our team wants to help!
Do You Have Questions About Sleep Loss?
We want to help our patients enjoy a better night’s sleep with our oral appliances. For more information on our sleep solutions, schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Kansas City, and all surrounding communities.