If you have trouble sleeping, the you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. Patients with OSA often report snoring, daytime exhaustion, and moodiness. If you feel like you sleep at night, but continue to experience daytime drowsiness, then you may benefit from oral appliance therapy. Let’s find out how we help our Independence, MO, patients suffering from sleep apnea.
The Warning Signs of OSA
Often, people with sleep apnea believe they obtained a full night’s rest. However, during the night the soft tissues in the throat and in the back of the mouth collapse and block airflow. The patient essentially stops breathing until the brain, noticing a drop in oxygen, wakes them. They may not remember these episodes, but they can happen hundreds of times every night, leaving sufferers deprived of sleep and miserable. Symptoms could include waking suddenly gasping for air or choking, or experiencing dry mouth in the mornings. Daytime drowsiness, headaches, and moodiness can also occur. Trouble concentrating on tasks at work or school, or difficulty staying awake behind the wheel, could develop as well. Don’t ignore these potential warning signs, talk to your dentist today.
Causes and Long-Term Impacts
The factors behind the disorder vary, but include obesity, deviated septum, sinus or allergy issues, neck circumference, over-sized tonsils, or excessive alcohol consumption. As part of your diagnosis, we will identify the factors behind your OSA. We will then recommend treatment options, including lifestyle changes and even oral appliance therapy.
Oral Appliance Therapy
An oral appliance will be worn like a mouthguard as you sleep. Custom-made for your smile, the device helps reposition the jaw to keep airways open and clear throughout the night, preventing apneic episodes. You then sleep without interruption. We may also suggest avoiding alcohol, exercise, and large meals in the two hours before bed. Keeping your bedroom dark and cool is helpful, as is maintaining a regular sleep schedule. Consider keeping your bedroom free of screens, such as TVs and computers, and avoid looking at your smartphone right before bed, as the blue light emitted mimics sunlight and could make falling asleep difficult. If you have any questions about treating sleep apnea and enjoying a good night’s rest, then please contact our team today and discuss your options.
Ready to Combat Your OSA?
We would like to help you enjoy a better night’s rest by treating your sleep apnea. Better sleep means a better mood and improved overall health. For more information on oral appliance therapy and other treatment options, 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 Independence, Grain Valley, Liberty, and all surrounding communities.