When you have trouble sleeping due to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), then this could mean daytime exhaustion and even impacts on your overall health. To treat this sleep issue, we can offer a comfortable alternative to CPAP machines. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about our sleep appliances.
The Onset of OSA
With sleep apnea, as you rest at night soft tissues in the back of your mouth and in your throat become relaxed and collapse, cutting off airflow. You stop breathing for brief periods until the brain registers the sudden drop in oxygen and wakes you. While you may not remember this happening, it could interrupt your sleep cycle several times a night, leaving your feeling tired the next day. Factors behind the disorder could include large neck circumference, sinus and allergy concerns, sleeping on your back, obesity, and excessive alcohol consumption before bed. While adults of all ages could be at risk, it tends to be particularly present in those 55 and older.
The Symptoms and Dangers
People with OSA may notice chronic snoring, waking in the night choking and gasping for air, dry mouth in the morning, and irritability and exhaustion during the day. Trouble concentrating could be a factor too. If you encounter these potential warning signs, then let us know right away. Otherwise, the disorder could strain your immune system to make illness more frequent, and could also stress the cardiovascular system, which in turn increases the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and even stroke and heart attack. A good night’s rest is paramount for your overall quality of life, so let us know if you experience potential indicators of sleep apnea.
Oral Appliance Therapy
To treat sleep apnea, we could create a custom-made oral appliance. The device will be custom-made based on detailed digital images we take of your smile. We then craft this in a lab setting, creating a device custom-fitted for your smile. The sleep apnea appliance is then worn as you rest at night, repositioning the jaw. Moving the jaw forward helps prevent the collapse of soft tissues, so you can breathe without complication. You can also help by resting on your side, maintaining a good sleep schedule, and avoiding caffeine or excessive alcohol in the two hours before going to bed.
If you have any questions about treating issues like OSA or about the process of creating an oral appliance, then contact our team today to learn more.
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Treating OSA
We want to help you avoid the onset of a common sleep disorder. For more information on improving how you sleep, then contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.