Did you know that nearly 54 million American adults have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? Many people are unaware that they have it until they experience significant health problems from leaving it unaddressed. Fortunately, we have treatment options that can help!
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic condition that occurs when your muscles relax during sleep. When this happens, the soft tissue collapses and blocks the airway, temporarily pausing your breathing. This can happen hundreds of times per night for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute at a time.
Common signs of OSA include:
- Morning headaches
- Daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering things
- Waking up feeling unrefreshed
Effects of Untreated Sleep Apnea
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, about 57% of men and 40% of women in the United States snore. Most people think nothing of it, but snoring is often an indicator of OSA. You should talk to your primary care doctor to rule out OSA, as untreated sleep apnea has been linked to health issues, such as:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Heart issues
- Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)
- Impaired cognitive functioning
- Immune health
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is commonly used to treat snoring and sleep apnea, but it’s not the only option. Our qualified dentists can fabricate custom oral appliances for you to wear at night. They can be just as effective as CPAP machines and much more comfortable.
Oral appliance therapy has been an efficient sleep apnea treatment for over three decades. Along with improving your sleep, these devices can improve relationships and decrease your risk of snoring and sleep apnea complications. Oral appliances are custom-fitted, portable, and easy to use.
Looking for a Solution for Your Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea can impact your quality of life, but we have the solution at Icon Dental. If you or a loved one are suffering from OSA, call our office and ask how a custom oral appliance can help.
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