What do you know about obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? This widespread disorder could leave you feeling exhausted during the day, and over time could even impact your heart health! Which is why you need treatment to bring relief and a good night’s rest. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about sleep apnea treatment.
The Dangers of Sleep Apnea
When you have constant interruptions to your sleep cycle, this leaves you feeling exhausted and moody during the day, impacting your work life and your overall quality of life. But over time, this also strains your immune system, so you’re more vulnerable to illness. For others, over the long-term this could strain your cardiovascular system as well. The pressure on your heart health could lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and even a higher risk of heart disease and stroke. Which is why when you experience the warning signs for this disorder, you should see us right away for a diagnosis and to discuss treatment.
Causes and Warning Signs
Sleep apnea means that as you breathe at night, soft tissues will collapse in your throat and the back of your mouth to cut off airflow for several seconds until the brain wakes you. While you may not remember being woken up, this could happen hundreds of times in a single night. Warning signs include chronic snoring, headache, dry mouth, waking in the night gasping for air or choking, or moodiness during the day. Daytime drowsiness is common too, as is trouble focusing on tasks at work or school. When this happens, let us know so we can offer a solution and discuss beneficial changes to your sleep habits.
An Oral Appliance Solution
When possible, we offer a noninvasive and comfortable solution with an oral appliance. We will take detailed digital images of your smile from multiple angles. We then combine these images to create impressions, ones we use in a dental lab setting to design and create the finished product. The oral appliance will look and fit like a mouthguard, and is worn as you rest at night. This shifts your jaw to prevent the collapse of soft tissues, and helps you breathe without interruption.
If you have any questions about diagnosing and treating concerns like OSA, then contact our team today. There is still time to see us before the holiday season begins, and before your 2022 dental insurance benefits expire at the end of December.
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Treating OSA
Our team wants to help you rest and actually feel alert the next day. For more information about improving how you rest at night, then contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.