Sleep apnea is a problem that affects millions of Americans each year. The problem with sleep apnea is that sufferers usually don’t know that they have it. The one who points out that there may be a problem occurring during sleep is your partner sleeping next to you, or possibly your dentist.
Sleep apnea can cause a multitude of health problems, some of which can be extremely detrimental and dangerous to your health:
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disease
- Erectile Dysfunction in Men
- Chronic Acid Reflux
There a couple different types of sleep apnea, one of which a dentist can treat. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is determined by a doctor, and is usually noticed by your dentist. OSA can be treated in a number of ways:
- CPAP therapy, which involves wearing a face mask that provides a constant pressure of oxygen.
- Surgical options, which include a variety of procedures. These options come with varying success rates and side effects. Speak to your dental care professional to find a procedure that is right for you.
- Oral appliance therapy is a therapy in which a mouth guard is prescribed. This mouth guard-like device is worn only when you’re sleeping, and it helps to maintain an unobstructed airway.
If you feel as though you aren’t getting a restful night’s sleep, or your partner is noticing signs of sleep apnea, it’s time to visit your dentist to get a professional opinion. Visit us online today to learn more about sleep apnea and contact us today to make an appointment!