Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) could cause trouble resting and leave you feeling exhausted. In addition, you could develop strain on both your immune and cardiovascular system without treatment. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about the common signs of OSA, and how we offer relief with an oral appliance.
Causes and Warning Signs
The disorder means that as you sleep, soft tissues that ride in the back of your mouth and in your throat become too relaxed. They then collapse, which cuts off airflow. You stop breathing briefly until the brain wakes you. You may remember waking suddenly choking or gasping for air, or may not remember at all, but this interrupts your sleep cycle. People with the disorder often feel tired during the day, or suffer from chronic snoring. They may wake suddenly in the night, or wake in the morning with dry mouth. Headaches, moodiness, and trouble staying focused on tasks could also occur. If you experience one or more of these warning signs, let us know!
Creating an Oral Appliance
Over time, OSA could strain your immune system and increase the frequency of illness, and also put pressure on your heart health, boosting the risk of everything from high blood pressure and heart disease to stroke and heart attack. But treatment is often as simple as an oral appliance. The device looks like a mouthguard and fits like one too, and is designed to move the jaw forward to keep airways open. Each one is custom-fitted for your smile too! Then device is a comfortable alternative to the CPAP machine.
Better Sleep Habits
You could also help with better sleeping habits! For example, rest on your side and not your back. Maintain a good schedule, going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. You should avoid large meals, exercise, or excessive amounts of alcohol in the two hours before bed too. These actions help you rest easier. If you have experienced the symptoms we discussed in today’s blog, then let us know. We will offer a diagnosis and help create a custom oral appliance with digital scanning technology. A good night’s rest is possible!
Do You Have Questions About Treating Sleep Issues?
Our team wants to help you feel more rested and alert by treating sleep apnea. If you have questions about enjoying a good night’s rest again, then schedule a consultation today by contacting Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327. Remember, good sleep is crucial for good quality of life, so if you often feel tired or exhausted or snore frequently, then let us know today.