Most adults in America have heard of sleep apnea. That said, many people don’t realize that their own loud snoring could actually be a warning sign of this dangerous sleeping disorder. Over time, untreated sleep apnea can do much more than create an annoying sound as one sleeps, too. It can drastically reduce the effectiveness of one’s rest, leading to a host of related medical concerns, such as high blood pressure, headaches, irritability and even depression. Fortunately, dentists can often help to effectively treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea with a minimally invasive solution. So, if you are ready to address your snoring, and even to stop it, it is time to speak with your dentist about OSA.
What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
While sleeping disorders can be difficult to diagnose, since most patients don’t realize they are having issues until they’ve already been affected by the disorder for quite some time, sleep apnea can create a host of warning signs, or symptoms, that you could be suffering from it.
For instance, in addition to loud snoring, you or a loved one may have noticed the following indicators of OSA, as well:
Severe drowsiness or even problems staying awake during the day
- Dry mouth, or a dry throat
- Mood swings
- Weight Gain
How Can Your Dentist Help?
To treat sleep apnea, dentists often recommend a sleep appliance that is similar to a mouthguard. However this appliance isn’t designed to keep the teeth safe. Instead, it is made to help keep the soft tissues from blocking one’s airway during sleep.
Not only can this help eliminate snoring, but it can also help someone breathe more easily and more consistently throughout each night, which results in much better sleep and improved overall health.
Perhaps best of all, this is a minimally invasive treatment option that can be completed quickly.
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!