Our dental care team here at Lima Road Dentistry offers advanced treatment options for individuals who suffer from sleep apnea. Patients experiencing Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can experience a wide variety of symptoms, ranging from loud snoring to memory loss – and even life-threatening conditions. Sleep apnea is a result of a narrowing of the body’s airways, leading one to temporarily stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer. Patients with sleep apnea often snore loudly and/or gasp for air in their sleep as they regain their breath. Because sleep apnea disrupts the normal sleep cycle, patients living with the condition for an extended period of time may notice an increase in headaches, fatigue, stress/anxiety, depression, and mental impairment. As many patients are unaware they are suffering from sleep apnea, it is vital to speak to a healthcare professional if you exhibit the symptoms listed above. If left untreated, sleep apnea can pose an even more serious health risks. The goal of sleep apnea treatment is to provide you with normalized, safe, and healthy sleep.
Sleep Apnea Risks
When a patient stops breathing while asleep, the body is deprived of oxygen, causing a series of health risks. These may include:
Sudden cardiac death
High blood pressure
Decreased sex drive
The initial symptoms of sleep apnea are often noticed by a loved one. If you believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea, please schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists to ensure you are not at risk for serious medical concerns.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Although there are a variety of ways to treat sleep apnea, an oral mouth guard or snore guard is an option for some patients. These customized guards are worn only at night while the patient sleeps and helps to maintain a positive flow of air. While wearing the guards, patients should experience a reduction in snoring and pauses in breathing that lead to the more severe symptoms of the condition. The result is often a more peaceful, healthier night’s sleep.
A consultation with your physician and a sleep study should be done first to determine if a CPAP is necessary.