Save yourself from the consequences of this sleeping disorder.
Sometimes snoring is more than just snoring. This embarrassing, yet common, problem may also be a sign of a more serious condition called obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is characterized by repeating episodes of breathing pauses during sleep. These long pauses are due to upper airway narrowing or collapse, and can happen hundreds of times each night.
Breathing pauses lower the oxygen in the blood, causing the heart to work harder. Sleep apnea also disrupts the natural sleep cycle, and makes people fatigued even after spending adequate time in bed.
Should I be Evaluated for Sleep Apnea?
If you have noticed any symptoms of sleep apnea, or have any health conditions related to sleep apnea, come see us at Spring Dental for an evaluation. Reasons to see your dentist include:
- Someone has told you that you gasp, snort, or snore during sleep, or cease breathing for several seconds at a time
- You are experiencing daytime sleepiness and fatigue, even after a full night’s sleep
- You have a sore throat or headaches in the mornings
- You have high blood pressure or a history of heart disease or stroke
- You have noticed mood swings or memory loss
What Treatments are Available?
Your Spring Dental professionals will provide you with the specific treatment that will help you with your unique case of sleep apnea. Some treatments include:
- CPAP Therapy, which is a device that opens the airway with a small amount of pressure
- Surgeries such as UPPP to remove excess soft palate tissue
- A noninvasive, custom-fit oral appliance, which repositions the lower jaw and opens up the airway
- Lifestyle changes such as weight loss
But Why Treat Sleep Apnea?
The immediate effects of sleep apnea include fatigue, mood swings, and difficulty concentrating. You’re not getting the sleep or the oxygen that you need, so over time, the consequences are serious.
From decreased job performance to impaired driving skills, sleep apnea puts you in danger. Untreated sleep apnea also increases the risk of developing heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and cognitive problems.
If you suspect that you or your loved one may be suffering from sleep apnea, please contact our office to schedule your consultation. Our team is experienced and caring, and they will make sure that your time with us is time well spent. Call today!