Many people think of snoring, when they hear the term “sleep apnea,” and it is true that sleep apnea can cause loud snoring. Sadly is also a condition that can have a number of other unfortunate repercussions if left untreated. From high blood pressure to depression, the effects of sleeping disorders can be both quick and far-reaching. Fortunately in many cases a dentist can help provide effective and minimally invasive treatment, through an oral appliance. So if you are concerned that you or a loved one might currently be struggling with undiagnosed sleep apnea, it is time to talk with your dentist about how an oral appliance might be able to help.
Common Signals You Could Be Struggling with Sleep Apnea
Loud snoring is just one common symptom or Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Irritability, daytime sleepiness, and headaches are other common warning signs of the condition. Over time, the disturbance of sleep caused by OSA can also lead to more extensive health risks, including increases in blood pressure, heart disease, and even depression.
When a Sleep Appliance Is the Answer
Though there are more invasive forms of treatment, such as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines and even orthodontic treatment or oral surgery, in many cases a simpler and less invasive measure is effective at stopping OSA. Sleep appliances, such as a SomnoDent sleep solution, are similar to mouthguards, however they serve a unique purpose: to keep the airway clear as one sleeps by holding the jaw in a position that allows free flow of air. To determine if an oral appliance could be the right solution for treating your OSA, consult your dentist.
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!