Do you often wake in the night, or feel exhausted during the day even though you rested the night before? For millions of people in the United States, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a source of discomfort, poor sleep, and long-term health complications. In today’s blog, your Independence, MO, dentist looks a when you should consider treatment, and how to recognize the warning signs of this disorder.
Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea means as you rest, the soft tissues in the back of your mouth and in your throat become too relaxed, causing them to collapse and completely block airflow. You stop breathing for a bit until the brain wakes you. Most people never notice being woken up briefly, even though this happens hundreds of times a night for some and prevents people from reaching REM sleep. Warning signs of the disorder may include chronic snoring, waking up in the night choking or gasping for air, dry mouth, headaches and migraines, moodiness, and trouble staying focused on tasks at work or school. If you begin to experience these possible warning signs, then contact our team today.
Unless treated, this disorder could strain your immune system, causing you to become sick more frequently. In addition, the stress on your cardiovascular system could mean a higher likelihood of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. Others may become more susceptible to depression. Addressing your sleep apnea and making positive changes to your sleep habits could help prevent these major complications.
A Custom Solution
We often take detailed impressions and images of your smile, using the information we gather to design and craft a custom-made oral appliance. The device is similar to what we treat TMJ disorder and bruxism with, and is worn at night as you rest. The device will fit comfortably and reposition the jaw, moving it forward to prevent the collapse of soft tissues and ensure unencumbered breathing throughout the night. We could also discuss maintaining a regular sleep schedule, keeping your bedroom dark and cool, and avoiding caffeine and alcohol before going to bed. If you have any questions about treating or identifying OSA, or if you think you’d benefit from a consultation, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Trouble Sleeping?
For people with difficult resting, we may offer treatment to address snoring and OSA. We want to make sure you continue to enjoy optimal quality of life, which means obtaining better rest! For more information on our sleep apnea solutions, 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.