Halloween is a time to kick back and enjoy scary movies, dress up in spooky costumes, and appreciate all things eerie. What better time to talk about the terrors of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? Without treatment, this disorder could lead to serious problems, from sleep deprivation to poor heart health! In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about what our Spring, TX, patients need to know about this disorder!
OSA Warning Signs and Causes
Sleep apnea is a disorder that occurs when the tissues in the back of our mouth and in the throat collapse after becoming too relaxed as we sleep. This collapse blocks airflow so we stop breathing. The brain wakes us, even though we rarely remember being woken up, and the cycle of airway obstruction and waking prevents us from getting the rest we need. We think we slept, but in reality, we never entered the deep stages of sleep needed to stay alert and function. Factors behind the disorder include excessive alcohol consumption, throat circumference, deviated septum and sinus/allergy issues, and issues with oral structures and sleep habits. Patients with the disorder often report snoring, waking suddenly gasping for air or choking, irritability, trouble staying focused during the day, headaches, dry mouth, and daytime exhaustion.
Long-Term Health Complications
Over time, the disorder will actually strain your immune system and lead to more frequent illness. The disorder also increases the risk of depression as well. For some, the stress on your cardiovascular system could mean a higher likelihood of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. Don’t let your overall health suffer, instead talk to your dentist if you begin to exhibit the warning signs we’ve discussed above. We will perform a diagnosis with a convenient and easy-to-use at-home sleep test.
Treating Your OSA
If our home sleep test indicates the presence of OSA, then treatment will likely mean a comfortable and custom-made oral appliance. No need for a cumbersome and loud CPAP machine. Instead, the device is worn as you rest to help reposition the jaw, preventing the collapse of oral tissues and ensuring uninterrupted breathing throughout the night. You rest easier and avoid the risk of serious complications down the road. If you have questions about diagnosing and treating sleep apnea, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, then please contact our team today to learn more.
Ready to Address Your Poor Sleep?
If you have questions about treating OSA and snoring, then please let us know today. Don’t let poor rest lead to serious problems for your immune system and heart health. To learn more about our approach to addressing common sleep disorders, then call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.