We Help Sleep Apnea Sufferers Rest Better

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When you have a serious issue like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or chronic snoring, then you may have trouble resting easy at night. To bring relief for your exhaustion and moodiness, your Des Moines, IA, dentist offers treatment for OSA. In today’s blog, we’re discussing how to recognize the symptoms, and how we put a stop to this disorder.

The Causes and Dangers of OSA

OSA means that as you sleep at night, soft tissues in both your throat and the rear of your mouth become too relaxed and collapse. This collapse cuts off airflow briefly, until the brain wakes you to start breathing again. While some remember waking up, most do not. They assume they slept, but their sleep cycle is interrupted so many times that they’re exhausted and moody the next day. Being sleep deprived makes driving and operating machinery dangerous, and also strains your immune system so illness is more likely. The stress on your cardiovascular system could lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke or heart attack in some cases.

Recognizing Symptoms

As we mentioned above, you will likely feel tired during the day, having trouble staying focused or awake. Moodiness is common, as are headaches. You may experience chronic snoring, or waking suddenly in the night choking or gasping for air. If one or more of these symptoms sound familiar to you, then you may need to come to our office for a diagnosis. We want to help you rest easy and avoid these complications, so you can feel alert and productive during your waking hours.

Treatment with an Oral Appliance

How do we bring relief? Well, we will take detailed digital images and impressions of your smile, which we use to design and craft an oral appliance that fits like a mouthguard. Worn as you rest, the device actually moves the jaw forward to prevent the collapse of soft tissues in the mouth. You breathe without interruption and are less likely to snore. You then feel more rested and alert. You could also help by sleeping on your side instead of your back, and avoiding large meals, excessive alcohol, or caffeine in the two hours before bed. Make sure your bedroom is dark and cool, and free of screens!

If you have any questions about treating OSA, then let us know. We can help you find relief now, so you greet 2022 feeling more rested! You can also use your 2021 dental insurance benefits before they expire at the end of December.


Our team wants to help find the right solution for your snoring or untreated OSA! To find out more about helping people rest with ease again, then please contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.