Quiz: Asking Your Dentist For Help With Sleep Apnea

How can sleep apnea interfere with your life? You may recognize this condition because it causes you to snore at night, but this is hardly the only effect it can have. Patients who leave a problem with sleep apnea untreated are failing to achieve the proper benefits of a full night’s rest, even if they believe they slept for a full eight hours. This is because sleep apnea forces your body to wake itself, in order to clear your airways, which breaks your sleep cycle. Some of the effects from this include grogginess, issues with short-term memory, and irritability. It can also have a serious effect on your health by affecting your blood pressure, and causing problems for existing health concerns. Your dentist may be able to help – if you have obstructive sleep apnea, a special oral appliance can be used to keep your airways clear through the night. You can bring the problem to your dentist’s attention, or address concerns about poor sleep during a routine dental exam.

Questions:

True Or False: If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, your dentist may be able to offer help that will not require a CPAP machine.

True Or False: Sleep apnea causes a person to snore. Luckily, there are no negative effects on your health if you have this problem.

True Or False: Sleep apnea will interfere with your sleep cycle.

Answers:

True! While many people assume sleep apnea has to be treated with a CPAP machine, your dentist can address cases of obstructive sleep apnea with a special oral appliance you insert at night

False! Potential problems relating to sleep apnea include grogginess, hyptertension, and irritability. It can also interfere with other health conditions you might have.

True! Patients with sleep apnea have their airways cut off for extended periods, which forces your body to “wake up” to restore proper breathing. This breaks you out of your sleep cycle.

Hillsview Dental Can Help You Address Sleep Apnea

At Hillsview Dental, patients who struggle with sleep apnea can be excited to learn how they can treat their condition without a CPAP machine. By addressing the problem, you can enjoy a full night’s rest, and better overall health. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Brian G. Criss, call Hillsview Dental today at 605-342-6652.