Do you snore loudly in your sleep?
Patients are often unaware the sleep apnea is a dental concern. Sleep apnea refers to the disruption of breathing during sleep and is often accompanied by heavy snoring, struggling to breathe while you sleep, and daytime fatigue. These symptoms can have negative effects on your overall health and put you in danger of sleep apnea complications. People with sleep apnea, if left untreated, often go on to develop cardiovascular issues, diabetes, depression, and strokes. As your trusted dentist in Alpharetta, GA, we are here to help you with your mild to moderate sleep apnea through oral appliance therapy. If you suspect you suffer from sleep apnea, schedule an appointment online today. We look forward to helping you achieve a good night’s rest.
Sleep Apnea: What You Need To Know
Sleep apnea often has the most noticeable symptom of loud snoring. However, if you do not have a sleep partner or roommates, it can be difficult to know if you suffer from sleep apnea. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the additional symptoms of sleep apnea, which should all be reported to your dentist at your next appointment:
- Heavy snoring
- Waking yourself up gasping for breath
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Mood swings
Sleep Apnea: What You Can Do
Scheduling an appointment with Esthetic Dental Solutions is the best first step in discovering your risk for sleep apnea. We provide home sleep screenings and work closely with an experienced ear, nose, and throat specialist who can evaluate and diagnose your condition. If it is determined that your case is mild to moderate, we can help you through oral appliance therapy.
When you have sleep apnea, this means that your airway is being temporarily, but repeatedly blocked as you sleep. This is often due to the relaxation of muscles in the throat and tongue, which can fall back when the lower jaw slackens during sleep and block the upper airway. Oral appliance therapy involves a customized nightguard used to hold your jaw in a comfortable resting position while you sleep. This means that the soft tissues of your mouth will not be able to collapse on each other as you breathe throughout the night.