Do you often feel tired, even if you sleep well the night before? If so, there’s a chance you could be suffering the impacts of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). To avoid major complications with your immune and cardiovascular system, you should talk to your Des Moines, IA, dentist about how we treat OSA with an oral appliance.
The Causes and Dangers of Sleep Apnea
This disorder occurs when breathing stops during the night, caused by the collapse of soft tissues in the back of the mouth and in the throat. This could occur due to sinuses and allergy issues, deviated septum, obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, and complications with the growth and development of your oral structures, among other factors. When you stop breathing, the brain wakes you to resume. While some remember this as an episode of waking suddenly gasping for air or choking, others may not recall it all, even though it happens enough to interrupt your sleep cycle dozens or even hundreds of times a night. This leaves you feeling exhausted and tired, and could impact your overall health.
Untreated OSA has been linked to headaches, daytime exhaustion, and irritability. You could also have a strained immune system, which causes more frequent illness. The disorder could even impact your cardiovascular system over time, which increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and heart attack.
Symptoms to Watch For
Warning signs of the disorder could include chronic snoring, and as we mentioned above, daytime drowsiness, headaches, and irritability. Dry mouth is common, as is waking up struggling to breath or gasping for air. This could also complicate your ability to focus on tasks at work or school, not to mention the major impacts on your immune system and heart health down the road. When you experience common warning signs, please contact our team right away to schedule a diagnosis and see if you need treatment!
Oral Appliance Therapy
With oral appliance therapy, we will create a device that looks and fits like a mouthguard, and is worn as you rest. This then repositions the jaw, moving it forward to prevent the collapse of soft tissues, so you can rest without interruption the entire night. You can feel more rested and alert! If you have any questions about how we treat a disorder like this, then contact our team today. We look forward to helping you improve your overall quality of life!
TALK TO YOUR DES MOINES, IA DENTIST’S OFFICE ABOUT OSA
Our team wants to help you rest without difficulty, and feel relaxed the next day. If you would like to find out more about treating snoring and sleep apnea, then contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.