Our Alpharetta, GA dentist’s office is concerned about the appearance of your smile. But we are also interested in keeping you healthy. That’s why today we wanted to talk a little bit about obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious condition caused by a blockage in your airway (your tongue is often the culprit). It can derail your life, and the lives of those around you, in a hurry. Keep reading to hear more about it, and then be sure to follow up with Dr. Morton ASAP to schedule your sleep dentistry consultation.
How Can You Tell If You Need To Seek Help?
Here are some telltale signs of sleep apnea: your household tells that your snoring wakes them up; you are always feeling drained of energy and you can’t ever seem to get enough good sleep; you wake up in the middle of the night struggling to breathe; you wake up in the morning with a headache; you often complain about having a sore or dry throat; you are just not yourself at the office or at home.
If that sounds like you, that ought to be cause for alarm.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
While sleep apnea can affect folks from all ages and backgrounds, several factors do increase the likelihood of suffering from this disorder.
Gender: Statistics show that males are more at risk for sleep apnea than females.
Weight: As with gender, research reveals that people who are overweight or obese are more at risk for developing obstructive sleep apnea than people of a healthy weight.
Oversized Tonsils or Tongue: The blockage in your throat causing obstructive sleep apnea symptoms is normally something that obstructs the airway. Oversized tonsils or a large tongue are obvious signs that you may be at risk for developing this condition.
There’s Help On The Way!
Back in 2006, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine added oral appliances as a primary treatment option for patients with mild or moderate sleep apnea. This was good news for many patients who have difficulty using a sleep apnea breathing machine (CPAP).
To make sure we know what is going on with you at night, we can help you arrange a sleep test to determine if you have sleep apnea or not. When sleep apnea is confirmed, we can design a custom-made oral appliance just for you.
If your sleep apnea is in the mild to moderate range, we can create a dental device just for you. Your options include…
Custom Mouthguards: A mouthguard can be an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. By keeping your mouth slightly open, you will be able to avoid anything from falling into your airway and causing the problematic blockage, as well as the resulting snoring.
Sleep Appliance: This treatment is a step above the normal mouthguard used to treat sleep apnea. If you need this level of treatment, Dr. Morton will sit down and go over all the specifics involved.
Depending on the severity of your condition, these great solutions can be used on their own or, if you prefer, in conjunction with a CPAP machine. At Mint 32 Dentistry, we will do whatever it takes to get you smiling again!
Start Sleeping Sound!
You can contact us online or call our Alpharetta, GA dentist’s office at 770-901-2719 to schedule a sleep apnea consultation appointment today.