You may not know it, but between 10 and 12 million people in the United States suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, also known as OSA. Without treatment, you can lose sleep and experience a poorer quality of life. Fortunately, we can help address OSA with a comfortable and minimally invasive treatment option. Do you have questions about this sleep disorder? How do you know if you have sleep apnea?
Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Apnea
Question: What causes OSA?
Answer: Sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue in the back of your throat and in your mouth become too relaxed and collapse, blocking airflow. You then stop breathing until the brain registers a sudden lack of oxygen and wakes you. Even though you may not remember waking, this can happen hundreds of times per night, leading your deprived of the deep sleep you need to function during the day.
Question: What symptoms should I be aware of?
Answer: Patients may often wake up with dry mouth, or wake in the night gasping for air or choking. Chronic snoring, moodiness, and difficulty concentrating re also common warning signs of the disorder. If one or more of these possible warning signs seems familiar, then please give our team a call today.
Question: Are there health complications related to OSA?
Answer: Without treatment you may be more likely to develop depression, high blood pressure, and stroke.
Question: How do you treat the disorder?
Answer: We can often treat the issue with an oral appliance. This custom device will fit comfortably and work much like a nightguard. However, the device will also move the jaw forward just slightly, enough to prevent the collapse of soft tissue and ensure uninterrupted breathing throughout the night. If you have any questions or concerns about a possibly sleep disorder, then please let us know!
Do You Have Sleep Apnea?
If you have questions about treating sleep disorders, then give us a call! To schedule a consultation with Dr. Brian G. Criss, call Hillsview Dental today at 605-342-6652. We’re proud to service residents of Rapid City, IA and surrounding communities. We look forward to hearing from you!