Do you have issues sleeping soundly at night? If you find yourself waking up a lot, or feeling exhausted despite sleeping well the night before, then you could be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In today’s blog, your Independence, MO, dentist will discuss how we identify and treat sleep apnea, helping you rest much easier!
The Causes and Dangers of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea means that as you sleep, the soft tissues in the rear of the mouth and in the throat become too relaxed and actually collapse, blocking off airflow completely. You stop breathing until the brain, registering the sudden lack of oxygen, wakes you up. You may not remember waking up, but this happens hundreds of times a night for some OSA sufferers. Factors behind the disorder include obesity, age and gender (OSA impacts teens and adults alike, and people of all genders, but men 55 and older are more likely to develop it), neck circumference, deviated septum, or sinus and allergy issues. Unless treated, the disorder could strain your immune system and lead to an increased risk of sickness and depression. In the long-run, lack of proper sleep cause problems for your cardiovascular system, boosting the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
Do You Need OSA Solutions?
Warning signs of this issue include snoring, waking up choking or struggling to breathe, moodiness, dry mouth, headaches, exhaustion during the day, and trouble staying awake behind the wheel. If you experience one or more of these issues, then contact our team today. We can perform a thorough exam and also discuss your sleep habits to see if you need treatment.
Treating Sleep Apnea
To address OSA, we will take detailed impressions and measurements of your smile, which we use to design and create an oral appliance, one that looks and fits much like a mouthguard. The device is worn as you sleep and actually reposition the jaw, moving it forward slightly to help prevent the collapse of soft tissues in the night. The appliance then helps you breathe without interruption through the night, allowing you to feel more rested and relaxed the next day. Your mood may improve, as well as your work performance. If you have any questions about treating sleep disorders, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, then please contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Sound Sleep?
Our team is ready to help you enjoy a better night’s rest with a comfortable and custom solution to OSA. To learn more about our preventive and restorative treatments, then 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 Grain Valley, Liberty, and all surrounding communities.