Sleep Apnea Treatment Can Protect Your Health
Do you feel fatigued or irritable despite a full night's rest? Do you have a headache or a sore throat when you wake up? These symptoms may indicate a serious disorder called sleep apnea that can affect people of all ages. It occurs when your breathing is repetitively interrupted while sleeping, cutting off the oxygen supply to your brain and the rest of the body. If you have been diagnosed with this disorder, the dentists at Elite Dental Care offer sleep apnea treatment utilizing non-invasive oral appliances at our Germantown, Trenton, and Jackson, TN, locations.
Sleep Apnea: Causes and Symptoms
There are two main types of sleep apnea:
Central sleep apnea: This type of sleep apnea is caused when your brain fails to send signals to the muscles that control breathing. Central sleep apnea is a very serious condition that requires treatment from a specialist.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): This type of sleep apnea is more common, and is caused when your airways are blocked, usually due to your soft palate and tongue drooping at night. When these muscles relax, they can partially close your airway, causing your diaphragm and chest muscles to work harder to pull air into your lungs, leading to loud snoring. Your airway can also become completely blocked for a brief period of time. Breathing typically resumes with a loud gasp, which can wake you up to hundreds of times times at night.
Symptoms and Effects of OSA
Fatigue, loud snoring, headaches, irritability, and sore throat are common symptoms of OSA. Untreated OSA can also have serious side effects such as high blood pressure, increased risk of heart disease and stroke, increased risk of diabetes, and weight gain. Due to reduced concentration levels caused by OSA, patients may also under perform at work or school, or be involved in driving accidents.
Oral appliances are often found to be more comfortable and easier to use than a CPAP machine, and can easily integrate into a patient's sleep routine.
The chances of developing OSA increase if you are an overweight man over the age of 40, have a large neck size, large tonsils, a large tongue, a smaller jawbone, or a family history of sleep apnea. However, patients of any age, sex, and weight can develop this condition, and it is vital to receive treatment to prevent serious health conditions.
Diagnosing and Treating OSA
If you identify with any symptoms of sleep apnea, you should visit your doctor a physician from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Physicians can diagnose sleep apnea utilizing data analyzed in a sleep lab, after which, the appropriate treatment can be prescribed. If you experience mild to moderate symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, oral appliances can be fitted by your trusted dentist as an effective option for treatment.
We offer custom-made oral devices at Elite Dental Care. These appliances are worn at night to reposition your lower jaw, tongue, and throat muscles to open the airway. Oral appliances are often found to be more comfortable and easier to use than a CPAP machine, and can easily integrate into a patient's sleep routine. Some of these appliances can also be used together with a CPAP for more significant results. Many patients undergoing our treatment experience benefits such as improved quality of sleep, and reduced daytime fatigue.
Achieve a Better Night's Rest
Contact us today to learn more about OSA treatment options at Elite Dental Care. With four dentists and two easily accessible locations, we offer convenient scheduling and short wait times to help you improve your sleep and protect your health.