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Is It Time to Consider Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Posted on April 28th, 2017
How often do you wake up still feeling exhausted, even after a full night of sleep? Do you ever sit at your desk but feel somewhere else, because you are so tired you are having a difficult time concentrating? Even behind the wheel, do you find yourself feeling drowsy? Have loved ones recently complained that you are snoring so loudly it wakes them at night? If so, it could be due to undiagnosed Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a condition that can negatively impact your sleep and your overall health. Fortunately, your dentist can likely help address your OSA with minimally invasive treatment.
Are You Suffering Symptoms of OSA?
Sleep apnea is a condition that impacts millions of Americans. It is caused when one’s airway becomes blocked, during the night, by soft tissues, which have shifted, prohibiting the flow of air. Some of the common warning signs of OSA include loud snoring, a sense of fatigue no matter how many hours of sleep one has gotten, irritability and even depression.
Over time, OSA can also negatively impact one’s overall health, as it can lead to high blood pressure, and heightened risk of heart disease or stroke.
Enjoy Better Sleep with Simple Dental Treatment
Fortunately, most dentists can help to address sleep apnea through the use of a minimally invasive oral appliance. These devices are actually similar to mouthguards, like the kind worn during athletic events, yet they work by keeping soft tissues from shifting during the night, and blocking air.
To determine if you could be suffering from OSA, and whether or not a sleep appliance could help, schedule a consultation with your dentist.