Are you sick of getting to work only to spend the morning yawning at your desk? Tired of worrying you are going to fall asleep while driving, because of a lack of restful sleep? What about your loved ones? Have they complained of losing sleep, due to your loud snoring? Are they frustrated by how irritable, distracted, and drowsy you seem? Many people don’t realize that fatigue, drowsiness, even irritability and depression, can all be warning signs of a sleeping disorder called Sleep Apnea. Loud snoring is another common indicator that sleep apnea could be to blame. Fortunately, if you are diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, your dentist might be able to provide minimally invasive treatment that could help you start sleeping better soon!
What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
OSA is a condition that is caused by momentarily lapses in one’s breathing, particularly during sleep, due to movement of the soft tissues, which can block a person’s airway. This can occur hundreds of times in a single night, and over time, it can drastically reduce the effectiveness of one’s sleep.
This is why, left untreated, it can lead to a host of medical issues, including frequent headaches, drowsiness, and even high blood pressure and heightened risk of stroke or heart-related problems.
How Can a Dentist Help?
For many patients, sleep appliances offer a minimally invasive yet effective way to treat OSA. That is because a custom sleep device, similar to a mouthguard, can help to prevent one’s soft tissues from blocking an airway during the night, allowing for the consistent breathing that is crucial to restful sleep, and overall quality of life.
To determine if a sleep appliance could be a helpful treatment for you, schedule a consultation with your dentist.