If you have been feeling tired lately, and also suffering from snoring, dry mouth, and a sore throat in the morning, then you may be experiencing the warning signs of a serious sleep disorder. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) not only deprives you of proper rest, but could even harm your immune and cardiovascular system! In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist explains how we treat sleep apnea with a custom appliance!
The Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
As we mentioned above, people with the disorder may report chronic snoring, daytime fatigue, and dry mouth and a sore throat each morning. Other warning signs include headaches, anxiety, trouble staying awake or focusing at work or school, and irritability. The disorder causes the soft tissues in the rear of your mouth and in your throat to become too relaxed and collapse as you sleep. They block airflow so you stop breathing for brief periods, even though you probably won’t remember this happening. For some, these sleep interruptions happen hundreds of times a night, so even though you assume you rested the night before, you’re actually sleep deprived.
Don’t Let Your Long-Term Health Suffer
Sleep deprivation is linked to moodiness, depression, and a strained immune system, which makes you more vulnerable to sickness. However, over the long term this disorder could also impact your cardiovascular system, leading to higher risks of high blood pressure and heart disease, as well as stroke and heart attack. If you encounter any of the symptoms, we’ve discussed in today’s blog, then please contact our office and let us know right away!
Sleep Appliance Therapy
While a popular solution to OSA, a CPAP machine involves wearing a mask over the nose and mouth that’s connected to a loud machine. For many, this device only worsens sleep and is cumbersome to deal with. However, we’re happy to offer our patients a simpler alternative. After we take detailed impressions and images of your smile, we create an oral appliance that fits like a mouthguard. The appliance will be worn as you sleep, and moves the jaw forward slightly to prevent the collapse of tissues in the throat and mouth. You breathe without interruption, and wake up feeling more rested. If you have any questions about how we treat issues like sleep apnea and snoring, or if you have oral health issues like toothaches or bleeding gums, then let us know right away!
Do You Have Difficulty Sleeping?
A good night’s sleep is crucial for a good day, and we want to help with a custom oral splint. To learn more about our approach to preventive dentistry, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.