In our blog post, we discuss how obstructive sleep apnea can negatively affect oral health. Please contact one of our offices for treatment!
A night of quality sleep can make the difference between waking up on the right or wrong side of the bed. After all, getting enough sleep is an essential part of maintaining good physical, mental, and emotional health.
Can Obstructive Sleep Apnea Cause Snoring?
Snoring, the harsh sound from the nose or mouth when breathing during sleep, can be associated with a common sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is where your airway becomes obstructed while you sleep. This decreases the amount of oxygen your body can deliver to your brain, organs, and tissues. Oxygen is vital for normal functioning of your body systems.
If your snoring happens daily and includes interrupted breathing or shallow breaths, you may have sleep apnea. Fortunately, obstructive sleep apnea can be treatable. One option is to use a CPAP device to keep your airway open. Another option is oral appliance therapy at the dentist!
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy can effectively treat mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea. An oral appliance is less invasive than the standard CPAP device. It fits over the teeth like a retainer to support the jaw and tongue so your airway can remain open while you sleep.
Is Oral Appliance Therapy Better Than a CPAP Device?
Though a CPAP machine is large and loud, it may be more beneficial for certain individuals. When you visit our office for sleep apnea or snoring concerns, we can evaluate the severity of your case to determine the right treatment plan that will help improve your sleep.
We Can Help Treat Your Snoring & Sleep Apnea!
Do you struggle with snoring, shortness of breath at night, insomnia, frequent irritability, difficulty focusing during the day, a dry mouth or sore throat after sleeping, fatigue, daytime drowsiness, and morning headaches? You may have obstructive sleep apnea. Please schedule an appointment at one of our dental offices for a consultation!