Are you struggling with frequent headaches, trouble concentrating, irritability or even depression? Do you frequently wake up in the middle of the night, because of the sound of your own loud snoring? Or, are loved ones complaining about the loud noises you make when asleep? Many people fail to recognize these symptoms as potential warning signs of a sleeping disorder like sleep apnea. Unfortunately, this can lead to worsening repercussions from conditions that can affect far more than one’s sleep. Obstructive Sleep Apnea can be life-threatening, if untreated, as it is marked by momentarily lapses in breathing as one sleeps. So if you suspect you could be struggling with OSA, don’t delay treatment. Instead, do yourself and your overall health a favor, by talking to your dentist about potential treatments that could help you sleep better and feel better, soon.
Stop the Snoring and Sleep Better
OSA involves momentarily pauses in breathing during sleep, which can occur dozens or more times in a single night. Over time OSA can lead to a host of medical issues, such as heightened blood pressure, increased risk of heart problems, irritability and depression, as well. These are in addition to the most common complaints, which include loud snoring, fatigue and general problems concentrating during the day, caused by poor sleep.
Fortunately, many dentists offer ways to help keep the airway free and clear, allowing for more constant breathing as one sleeps.
Enjoy a Less Invasive Alternative to the CPAP Machine
If you are uninterested in using a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine, or even unhappy with an existing one, consider speaking to your dentist about how a sleep appliance could help, instead. These are less invasive and more comfortable for many patients, yet still effective as they help to keep the soft tissues clear of the passageway as one sleeps.