Have you been exercising and eating more nutritious meals, this year, in an effort to maintain your health, or even to improve how you feel? If so, it is important to remember that few elements have a more comprehensive impact on your overall well-being than how much sleep you are getting, and how good or bad the quality of that sleep is. Sadly, many Americans suffer from poor sleep without even realizing it, due to undiagnosed sleeping disorders. If you have noticed yourself snoring loudly, or if a loved one has commented on your loud snoring, you could be suffering from one such sleeping disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea. It is a condition that can drastically reduce the quality of your sleep, and left untreated, can lead to far-reaching medical conditions. Fortunately, this is a condition your dentist can likely help treat.
Warning Signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
There are a number of warning signs that could indicate that you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, OSA, one of which is loud snoring. Other common symptoms include:
- Fatigue or daytime tiredness, or an inability to focus
- Irritability, even depression
- Headaches, especially in the morning
- Dry mouth, sore throat
- Teeth grinding
While some dentists and doctors recommend Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Machines (CPAP) for treating OSA, many patients find these problematic. That’s because the machines can be loud, as they pump air, and the masks they require a person wear during sleep can feel cumbersome and unnatural.
Fortunately, sleep appliances like SomnoDent Sleep Solutions, provide a less invasive form of OSA treatment. The sleep appliance is similar to a mouthguard, but it is designed in order to keep the jaw and passageway clear as one sleeps, so he or she can breathe easily and consistently.
About Your Spring, TX, Sleep Experts:
At Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry, located in Spring, TX, we proudly deliver modern, quality dental care in a welcoming, comfortable environment to patients and families throughout the community. We also offer customized, expert sleep solutions to help you alleviate snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. Though we are located in Spring, we also welcome patients from Houston, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation with one of our experts, call Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry today at 281-320-2000. Se Habla Espanol!