Have you started to notice you lack energy during the day? Have you begun to feel like you barely slept a wink even though you got your usual eight hours? Has your significant other started to sleep on the couch because of your loud snoring? You may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, which your dentist can treat to help you get more restful sleep. Speaking with your dentist as soon as possible would be a great start to treating this issue.
If you notice that you’ve begun to snore throughout the night, or maybe suffer from exhaustion during the day, you may be living with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA is usually caused by excess tissue blocking your airways while you sleep. When left untreated, OSA can lead to prolonged periods of oxygen and sleep deprivation, which can have serious effects on your overall health. Sleep apnea has been related to serious health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack, and liver problems.
The conventional way that your doctor would treat OSA is by providing you with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. This machine pumps gentle air pressure through your airway to keep it clear of obstructions. Although they do a good job of clearing your airways, they’re also very bulky and loud. Your dentist can provide with a quieter and sleeker solution by crafting you a custom-made sleep guard that keeps your lower jaw pushed forward while you rest, keeping your airways unobstructed without a noisy machine.
Our dentists can provide you with services to improve your oral health, overall health, and your confidence. Contact us at our local Austin, TX office at 512-250-9444.