Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) impacts millions of people in the United States, and unless addressed, could cause serious problems for your quality of life and overall health. Fortunately, we have a CPAP-alternative to treat the disorder and restore your ability to rest easy. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about our comfortable solution for OSA, so you can rest easy again!
The Causes and Warning Signs of OSA
With OSA, as you rest soft tissues in the back of your mouth and in the throat become too relaxed and collapse, blocking airflow. You stop breathing briefly, until the brain wakes you. Few remember being woken up, and may assume they slept well, but will feel exhausted the next day as their sleep cycle was interrupted, often hundreds of times in one night. Factors behind the disorder include large neck circumference, deviated septum, allergy or sinus issues, excessive alcohol consumption, and sleeping on our back instead of our side. While the disorder could impact people in their late teens and early adulthood, most sufferers are 55 and older.
Long-Term Health Impacts
Unless addressed, this could lead to daytime exhaustion, snoring, headaches and migraines, dry mouth, trouble staying focused during the day, or moodiness. Over time, this could strain the immune system. So, more frequent illness occurs. The cardiovascular system could become strained too, which increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. To avoid these long-term impacts, you need to seek treatment if you notice any of the symptoms we discussed above.
Creating a Custom Oral Appliance
To treat them, we will start by taking detailed digital images and impressions of your smile. We use the information to create a device that is worn at night as you sleep. Looking and fitting like a mouthguard, this offers a comfortable and convenient solution to OSA. We have two devices available. The mandibular appliance covers then top and bottom teeth to hold the jaw in place. The tongue retaining device moves then tongue forward to prevent soft issues from blocking the airways. If you have any questions about how we create these devices, or about addressing any other oral health issues, then please contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy your best smile in 2021, and also ensure you enjoy a goodnight’s rest too!
Schedule Your Next Appointment Today
A good night’s rest is crucial for feeling alert and rested each day, which is why the team at Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX offers treatment for snoring and OSA. Contact our office at (281) 592-1234 to schedule your appointment today. With a consultation, we can start you on the road to a healthier smile!