When you develop obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), this could mean exhaustion and poor sleep. In addition, this could impact your overall health and even strain your cardiovascular system. To avoid these health issues, your Cleveland, TX, dentist can offer treatment for sleep apnea with an oral appliance.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
First, let’s talk a little about OSA. This disorder means that as we rest, the soft tissues in the back of our mouth and in our throat becomes too relaxed and collapses, cutting off airflow. We literally stop breathing for a few seconds until the brain wakes us. While we may not remember waking up, this interrupts our sleep cycle and happens hundreds of times a night. This could be brought on by issues as varied as obesity, neck circumference, sinus and allergy issues, deviated septum, or excessive alcohol consumption.
Without treatment, this could leave you feeling exhausted, with common symptoms including daytime drowsiness, chronic snoring, trouble staying focused at work or school, headaches, moodiness, dry mouth, and waking suddenly in the night gasping for air and choking. If you experience one or more of these common symptoms, you should let us know right away!
Dangers for Your Health
People with untreated sleep apnea could be more likely to suffer from a weakened immune system, making more frequent illness a strong possibility. This is linked to diabetes, memory loss, and low oxygen levels. The strain on your cardiovascular system could also increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and heart attack.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Our team can make a thorough diagnosis and if we find you suffer from sleep apnea, we could offer treatment with an oral appliance. To begin, we will take detailed images of your mouth and throat and uses them to design an appliance that looks and fits like a mouthguard. The device is then worn at night and helps reposition the jaw to keep airways open and clear. You then breathe without interruption and feel more rested and alert the next day! If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat a disorder like OSA, or if you have trouble resting or feeling rested, then contact our team today to learn more. Better rest means a better quality of life!
Do You Have Questions About Treating OSA?
Our team is ready to help you rest with ease once again with a comfortable and noninvasive treatment option. If you have any questions about treating common sleep disorders, or if you would like to schedule a consultation today, please contact Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.