Does it feel like ages since you were actually able to enjoy a good night’s sleep? If so, it could be due to an undiagnosed sleeping disorder, such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea. OSA can actually impact more than just your sleep, too. It can cause a variety of health issues, including heightened risk of heart disease and stroke, along with mood changes including irritability and depression. To protect yourself, it’s important to talk to your doctor if you are suffering from OSA. The good news is that your dentist could likely help with a minimally invasive solution, like a sleep appliance.
What Are the Warning Signs of OSA?
There are a number of potential indicators that you – or a loved one – could be suffering from OSA. These include loud snoring, which is perhaps the most obvious, but also:
- Fatigue, including what could be daytime sleepiness, problems concentrating, or irritability
- Poor attention span or retention, or hyperactivity
- Increased blood pressure
- Headaches, dry mouth or sore throat
- Teeth grinding
Could Your Dentist Provide a CPAP Alternative?
If you are diagnosed with OSA, a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine is one potential treatment. In fact, if anyone you know has ever suffered from OSA, they may have been given a CPAP machine to cope. Unfortunately, many patients find that the CPAP machines are loud due to the pumping noise they cause, and the masks that must be worn can be cumbersome.
Oral appliances, like SomnoDent Sleep Solutions, provide a less invasive alternative, yet one that can still help to improve the quality of one’s sleep, which in turn can help to improve overall wellbeing.
Suffering Due to Sleep Apnea?
OSA can lead to poor overall health and utter exhaustion, but OSA treatment could help. You can schedule a sleep apnea consultation for yourself or a loved one with Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, by calling 832-764-7847, or (832) 564-3508 to reach the office in Pearland, Texas.