When people think of snoring, they may think of it as an embarrassing, though not serious, condition. However, if you snore because of obstructive sleep apnea, your condition could be more worrying than you realize. Patients who suffer from sleep apnea are awakened often at night because their body has to clear their airway. You may not realize you have been “waking up” throughout the night, but you are being deterred from your sleep cycle, and that will lead to problems with your overall well-being. You may suffer from issues feeling groggy and restless, and suffer issues with short-term memory. Patients who leave this problem unaddressed also increase their risk for serious issues like heart disease, and hypertension. While you may be familiar with the CPAP machine used to help some patients deal with sleep apnea, your dentist may be able to provide you with a less intrusive solution.
Addressing Sleep Apnea Without A CPAP Machine
Your dentist can help you address obstructive sleep apnea. Rather than relying on a CPAP machine, they can instead provide you with an oral insert that you wear during the night. Rather than try to rest while using an obtrusive CPAP machine, you will enjoy the benefits of the oral insert, which will reposition your jaw so that your airways are not blocked while you are asleep.
What Can Happen If I Don’t Address Sleep Apnea?
Your family dentist wants you to enjoy the best possible health – not just oral health. If you are concerned you may be experiencing sleep apnea, let them know as soon as possible so that you can address this issue. Patients who ignore signs of sleep apnea will continue to lose out on the benefits of sleep, can experience an increase in blood pressure, and see their quality of life suffer.
Talk To Hillsview Dental About Addressing Obstructive Sleep Apnea
At Hillsview Dental, you can receive important care for obstructive sleep apnea, and once again enjoy a restful night of sleep. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Brian G. Criss, call Hillsview Dental today at 605-342-6652. We look forward to hearing from you!