Sleep Apnea: A Not So Silent Issue
Sleeping next to a heavy snorer is never a pleasant experience. But while common, snoring, restless sleep, and daytime exhaustion are all symptoms that can often be linked back to one larger problem. Sleep apnea, if left untreated can not only affect the quality of your life (and slumber), but your overall dental, physical, and mental health as well.
Millions of people the world over – with 3 million in the US alone – suffer from sleep apnea. This is a condition where tissue at the back of your throat collapses, blocking your airways, causing your breathing to stop and start throughout the night. The reduced blood oxygen can then lead to you waking up repeatedly, sometimes dozens of times, though you might not even realize it. This robs your brain of oxygen and your body of the deep, restorative sleep it needs to function.
Cases of sleep apnea range from mild to severe, but the effects can cause drowsiness and fatigue (even first thing after waking), trouble concentrating, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, liver problems, and even type 2 diabetes. And that’s in addition to the lack of sleep significant others and family members may suffer as a result of the constant snoring.
Sleep Apnea Solutions
The symptoms of this annoying and troubling condition can be eliminated with the help of a sleep apnea device to wear at night. There are several options to choose from, depending on your needs, though all work to stop the tissue blockage and increase airflow. Most devices fall into one of two categories: those that move the tongue forward and those that reposition the jaw. Some appliances can be uncomfortable or irritating to wear, however, making sleep more difficult to come by, but your dentist can help you to find the right solution.
At My Family Dentistry, we help to reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea through the prescription of a comfortable, custom-fit device like the Dental Crafter’s Intraoral Snorting Therapy (IST) Appliance. It repositions the jaw further forward using a 2-piece acrylic arch system. You’re able to open and close your mouth and move your jaw left to right, so you can sleep comfortably all night and get the rejuvenating rest you need.
See Your Dentist
If you’re suffering from sleep apnea and it’s affecting your quality of life, it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible. In addition to suggesting the right appliance for minimizing the symptoms, you can learn about other changes you can make to reduce your chances of suffering from the condition at all. Dr. Wes Mullins at My Family Dentistry, along with an experienced team, understands the causes and treatment of sleep apnea. We can help you get a better night’s sleep and enjoy improved wellbeing. Contact us today or fill out the form on this page to set up your consultation.