What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea & What Are the Symptoms?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that is characterized by the tongue and throat muscles relaxing during sleep and causing your upper airway to close. This results in periods of apnea, which is defined as no breathing for 10 seconds or more. Undiagnosed, sleep apnea can cause severe health issues like high blood pressure, exhaustion, stroke, heart attack, depression and more. Some signs and symptoms of sleep apnea are:
- Chronic snoring (does not have to be loud and can be worse on your back)
- Excessive fatigue or the feeling of exhaustion, even after a full night’s sleep
- Falling asleep while driving or stopped a stop sign
- Memory issues and the feeling of “Brain fog”
- Dry mouth, sore throat when you wake up
- Feeling like there is something in your throat
- Headaches (muscle tension in head and neck)
- TMJ pain and soreness
- Irritability or mood swings (depression and anxiety)
- Blood pressure issues (one of the earliest indicators)
- Type II Diabetes
How Wright Parkway Dental Center Treats Obstructive Sleep Apnea
After you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea by your physician and have been through a comprehensive sleep study, Wright Parkway Dental Center is able to provide alternative treatment options that are less disruptive to daily life.
While the traditional treatment of obstructive sleep apnea is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, more and more individuals with obstructive sleep apnea are opting for treatment options that can be provided by a dentist. The CPAP machine is loud, bulky, and difficult to travel with. However, using an FDA-approved Oral Appliance you can sleep without the inconvenience of the CPAP machine, and its side effects.
The Oral Appliance is customized to fit your mouth and helps support your airway by moving the lower jaw forward. The lower jaw is positioned down and forward, supporting your throat muscles, helping the airway to remain open throughout the night. This state-of-the-art appliance is more comfortable and convenient than traditional CPAP machines and is shown to have exceptional long term use for our patients.
If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and are looking for a comfortable and effective solution, make an appointment today by calling us at (850) 243-1534.