Sleep apnea might seem like a mild annoyance. But if you’ve been putting up with interrupted sleep for some time, you’re at a heightened risk for other health problems. And that says nothing of the short-term effects – some of the most frustrating being irritability, difficulty concentrating, and a compromised quality of life. If you suspect you may be struggling with sleep apnea, you owe it to yourself to learn more.
Today, treating sleep apnea can be as simple as the use of an oral appliance. But we’ll need to diagnose your sleep apnea before we can tell you more. If you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is the most common type, an oral appliance will help keep your airway open throughout the night. Read on to learn more – and schedule a FREE consultation with Elite Dental & Denture PC today.
Serious Risks of Sleep Apnea
– When you’re tired all day, you get less done – and take less pleasure in your daily life. Sleep apnea also causes difficulty concentrating and forming new short term memories. Some patients struggle with falling asleep while driving or in other unsafe settings.
High blood pressure
– When your breathing ceases throughout the night, the blood oxygen levels drop. This increases blood pressure and strains the cardiovascular system.
Heart problems– OSA can increase the risk of heart attack and abnormal heartbeats. It can also increase the risk of stroke.
Diabetes– Those with sleep apnea are more likely to become resistant to insulin, leading to type 2 diabetes.
Complications with anesthesia
– OSA can cause complications with certain medications and anesthesia. Since
people with OSA are more likely to have breathing problems, sedation can be dangerous.
can increase a likelihood of abnormal liver function and liver scarring, which may be classified as the nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
– The snoring that frequently accompanies sleep apnea makes it difficult for partners and other family members to get enough rest. This can cause relationship problems and frustrations at home.
Common Sleep Apnea Symptoms
There are a few different sleep disorders that can be confused for sleep apnea. In order to get a definitive diagnosis, you will need to meet with a medical professional. But there are symptoms that point to the need for that appointment. If you’re regularly sleeping poorly and feeling tired throughout the day, look for the following symptoms:
Sore or dry throat in the morning
Snoring (ask your partner or family members if they hear snoring in the night)
Waking up frequently choking or gasping
Exhaustion and difficulty focusing
Depression or irritability
If your sleep apnea
is obstructive, it is caused by a physical blockage. This means that something (usually your tongue) is covering your airway while you sleep. If your sleep apnea
is central, it is caused by neurological problems and may require a CPAP machine to treat. Fortunately, the majority of sleep apnea
cases are caused by obstruction of the airway – and these can usually be treated with an oral appliance.
Sleep Apnea Treatment With an Oral Appliance in Cortland, NY
An oral appliance is comfortable and simple to use. You wear the custom-fitted appliance during the night. After a brief adjustment period, it will feel normal in your mouth. The appliance will help keep your airway open by pulling your tongue slightly forward or keeping your lower jaw in an ideal position. We will recommend the appliance that functions best to fulfill your needs.
Ready to learn more? Call Dr. Singh and the professionals at Elite Dental & Denture PC
today! Don’t let sleep apnea
impact your nights (and days) any longer.
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