Have you ever heard of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? A common sleep disorder, OSA impacts millions of Americans and leads to serious complications during waking hours. Fortunately, we can help our Greenville, TX, patients enjoy better rest with our comfortable treatment options. Find out how our CPAP alternative can help you enjoy a better sleep.
The Causes of OSA
How does sleep apnea happen? Well, a number of factors could impact your risk, including:
- Large neck circumference
- Sinus and congestion issues
- Deviated septum
- Age (55 and older)
- Sleeping on your back
- Excessive alcohol consumption
An apneic episode happens the soft tissue sin the back of our mouth and in our throat become too relaxed. They collapse and block airflow. When we stop breathing, the brain responds by waking us. The patient rarely remembers the waking episodes, even though for some they happen hundreds of times per night. The patient never reaches the state of deep sleep needed to feel rested, causing serious complications.
Signs You Need Treatment
Watch for frequent daytime exhaustion, as well as episodes of waking suddenly at night choking or struggling to breathe. Dry mouth when you wake, as well as persistent daytime headaches, could also indicate trouble. Those with the disorder also report moodiness and trouble concentrating on tasks at work or in school. Don’t ignore these possible warning signs, talk to your dentist as soon as possible. Without treatment, sleep apnea has been linked to high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, and depression.
Treating the Issue with a Sleep Guard
A sleep guard provides a non-invasive and comfortable solution. Sleep apnea sufferers wear a device that looks and fits like a mouthguard as they sleep. The device actually repositions the jaw, moving it forward to ensure airways remain open throughout the night. Patients then rest easily, avoiding apneic episodes and enjoying a reduction in uncomfortable OSA-related symptoms. Many people avoid seeking treatment because they assume a CPAP machine, which involves wearing a mask over the nose and mouth, which connects to a loud machine, is the only option. We’re proud to offer our Greenville, TX, patients a comfortable and convenient alternative with our custom-made sleep guard. If you have any questions, or if you’re ready to talk to us about possible treatment options, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Trouble Sleeping?
We want to help you enjoy a good night’s rest with our custom-made treatment option. To learn more about treating sleep disorders, or to set up a visit, schedule a consultation with Smith Family Dentistry in Greenville, TX call us at 903-455-5750. We proudly serve patients from Hunt County, Greenville, Royce City, Sulphur Springs, and all surrounding communities.