Do you struggle with daytime fatigue? Does your bed partner complain of your nightly snoring? You may have obstructive sleep apnea. While a medical professional can make the official diagnosis, your dentist may be able to provide a more preferred treatment.
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that involves a temporary cessation of breathing when airways get restricted. This can occur multiple times throughout the night, which deprives the brain of vital oxygen and often causes the sufferer to wake up gasping for air. More importantly, sleep apnea prevents you from getting the necessary quality of sleep that your body needs to stay healthy.
Dangers of Untreated Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea should never be taken lightly. While you may think you can survive the daytime exhaustion, your overall health may be suffering too. Sleep apnea is associated with the following medical conditions:
- Cardiac Arrest
- Sudden Death
- High Blood Pressure
- Depression and Worsened ADHD/ADD
When CPAP is Not for You
Your physician is likely to prescribe a CPAP machine to treat your sleep disorder. While CPAPs are effective, they are not tolerated by everyone. If you are someone that feels restricted by the CPAP tubes or suffers from frequent sinus congestion, you should consider an alternative sleep apnea treatment from your dentist.
At Red Oak Family Dentistry, we proudly offer sleep apnea treatment using the most proven, FDA approved oral appliance therapy. These custom oral appliances can hold the lower jaw forward enough to keep the airway open and prevent the tongue and muscles in the upper airway from collapsing and blocking the airway. In result, you’ll sleep more quietly and soundly, which ultimately allows sleep apnea sufferers to regain a healthier life.
Posted on Behalf of Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr, #200
McKinney, TX 75071