Unless treated, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) could one day lead to much more than daytime drowsiness or frequent snoring. In order to safeguard your heart health and immune system, you should let your El Paso, TX, dentists know when you begin to experience the warning signs of sleep apnea. Often, we can treat the issue with a simple oral appliance!
The Causes of OSA
With sleep apnea, you actually stop breathing for brief periods several times in the night. This happens as soft tissues in the rear of the mouth and in the throat become too relaxed and collapse. The brain notices this drop in oxygen and wakes you. While people rarely remember waking, this happens multiple times and interrupts your ability to rest, so you feel exhausted the next day even though you may assume you slept. Warning signs could include snoring, waking up gasping for air or choking, dry mouth, headaches, irritability, trouble staying awake behind the wheel or focusing on tasks in school/work, and daytime drowsiness. Causes could be linked to excessive alcohol use, obesity, age (55 and older are particularly at risk), sinus and allergy issues, and neck circumference, among other factors.
Impacts on Overall Health
Initially, you will suffer from exhaustion and poor quality of life. As the issue continues, your immune system could become strained and you may find yourself being sick more frequently. In the long run, increased risks of depression also occur. For some, the strain on heart health could mean high blood pressure, heart disease, and even a greater risk of stroke and heart attack. Addressing your issues early means avoiding these complications and enjoying better rest (and a better mood).
We may actually treat this issue with an oral appliance you wear as you sleep. The device will fit like mouthguard, and is designed based on detailed images, impressions, and measurements we take of your smile. The device will be custom-made for your smile and help reposition the jaw to prevent the collapse of soft tissues and ensure open airways throughout the night. You may also benefit from sleeping on your side, not your back, maintaining a regular sleep schedule, avoiding caffeinated and alcoholic products before bed, and keeping your bedroom dark and cool. If you have any questions about identifying and treating sleep apnea, then please contact our team today to learn more.
SUNNY SMILES IN EL PASO TREATS OSA AND SNORING
At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, we want to make sure you continue to enjoy a good night’s rest. Our treatment options are non-invasive and comfortable, helping adults of all ages enjoy a better night’s rest! For more information on our solutions for common sleep disorders, then contact our N. Zaragoza dental practice by calling 915-849-9000.