Sleep apnea is a serious disorder, one that keeps you from resting well and could even impact your immune system and heart health! Fortunately, we can offer treatment without relying on an uncomfortable CPAP machine. Instead, your Des Moines, IA, dentist talks about our sleep apnea appliances.
The Causes of Sleep Apnea
The disorder means that as you rest, the soft tissues in the back of your mouth and in your throat become too relaxed. The tissues then collapse and cut off airflow. You stop breathing briefly until the brain registers a drop in oxygen and wakes you up. While you may not remember this happening, this interrupts you sleep cycle hundreds of times in a night, soon you feel exhausted the next day even though you assume you rested. The causes vary, and could include sleeping position, obesity, neck circumference, sinus and allergy issues, deviated septum, and excessive alcohol, vigorous exercise, or large meals in the two hours before bed.
The Impact on Your Health
Without treatment, this could eventually begin to strain your immune system, so you’re more likely to become sick. Likewise, this also impacts your cardiovascular system, leading to a higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. To avoid these complications, you need treatment when you first encounter the symptoms. Warning signs could include chronic snoring, waking up choking or gasping for air, headaches and dry mouth, irritability, and trouble focusing on tasks at work or school. When these develop, let us know right away! We will conduct a diagnosis to see what treatment works best for you.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Instead of a loud and cumbersome CPAP machine, we often offer treatment with an oral appliance. The device is crafted based on detailed digital images we take of your smile, which we use to design and craft a device that looks like a mouthguard. This is worn as you sleep, and help move the jaw forward to keep airways open and free. You then breathe without interruption and avoid symptoms of OSA. This also helps you stop snoring too, and could protect your overall health and quality of life.
If you have any questions about diagnosing and treating an issue like sleep apnea, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you rest easy, and feel alert and energized during the day. Don’t let poor rest impact your immune system and heart health, talk to our team today.
YOUR DES MOINES, IA DENTIST OFFERS OSA SOLUTIONS
We would love to help you rest easy without the complications of sleep apnea. If you have any questions about improving how well you sleep at night, then contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.