For millions of people, poor sleep and daytime exhaustion are common due to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Without treatment, this could strain both your immune and cardiovascular systems. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about how we treat sleep apnea and help you rest with ease.
The Causes and Impacts of Sleep Apnea
OSA could develop for a number of different reasons. For example, a large neck circumference, obesity, sinus and allergy issues, and a deviated septum are all common factors. While this can impact people of all ages and genders, men 55 and older are at an especially high risk. The issue causes you to stop breathing several times a night, leaving you sleep deprived. Over time, this can impact your immune system and leave you more vulnerable to illness. The strains on your cardiovascular system could mean a higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and even stroke or heart attack.
The Common Warning Signs
When should you see us for treatment? Warning signs could include persistent daytime exhaustion, even if you feel you rested well the night before. Chronic snoring, dry mouth, headaches, and waking up gasping for air or choking are often reported as well. You could also experience irritability and trouble staying focused on tasks at work or school. If one or more of these potential warning signs applies to you, then please talk to our team about possible treatment options right away!
Treatment with an Oral Appliance
Often, we address the issue with a simple and noninvasive oral appliance. We craft this appliance based on detailed images we take of your smile with digital technology. The finished product will look and fit like a mouthguard, and will be worn while you sleep. The device helps move the jaw forward to keep air passages open and prevent the collapse of soft tissues. You also avoid snoring too. You can also lower your risk by resting on your side instead of your back, going to bed and waking up at the same times every day, and in the two hours before bed avoiding excessive alcohol, consumption, vigorous exercise, or large meals.
If you have any questions about lowering your risk of OSA, or about our treatment options, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you enjoy good quality of life, and that means being able to rest properly.
Do You Need Help Sleeping?
We have a noninvasive and comfortable treatment option. If you have any questions about improving how you rest each night, 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.