When you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), this could impact your quality of life and your overall health. Instead of losing sleep and straining your heart, why not seek treatment from your Olathe, KS, dentists? In today’s blog, we’re looking at how we treat this disorder with a custom and comfortable sleep apnea appliance.
The Impact of Untreated Sleep Apnea
With OSA, you actually stop breathing several times in the night. The brain wakes you to breathe, and even though you may not remember this happening, it could interrupt your sleep cycle hundreds of times in a single night. These episodes occur when soft tissues in the throat and the back of your mouth become too relaxed as you rest, collapsing and cutting off airflow. Causes of the disorder vary, but could be connected to a large neck circumference, obesity, sinus and allergy issues, excessive alcohol consumption, or even complications with the growth and development of your oral structures. Over time, the disorder leaves you exhausted and sleep deprived, and could strain your immune system and even your heart health, increasing the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and heart attack.
When to Seek Treatment
Warning signs could include daytime exhaustion, dry mouth, moodiness, suddenly waking in the night struggling to breathe or choking, headaches, and trouble focusing on tasks at work or school. When these symptoms arise, please contact our team to schedule a consultation. We will perform a detailed diagnosis, and may even suggest a game sleep test, to assess the cause and extent of your disorder. From there, we can choose the best treatment option, which could involve the use of a custom and comfortable oral appliance.
Your Custom Appliance
The appliance will look and function much like a mouthguard and is worn as you sleep at night. The device is crafted and custom-fitted using detailed images we take of your smile with digital technology. When worn, the device will move your jaw to help keep airways open and prevent soft tissues from collapsing. You then breathe without interruption and feel more rested and relaxed the next day. If you have any questions about how we treat sleep disorders then contact our team to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Our Custom Oral Appliances?
Our team knows how valuable a good night of uninterrupted sleep can be for a person. Schedule an appointment today and learn more about our custom treatment option. You can also call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. Find our office at 15010 S Black Bob Road Olathe, KS 66062. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.