Staying on top of your responsibilities at work can be more challenging on some days than others. With that said, you may find that days where you feel groggy or drowsy from a lack of sleep can be especially difficult. If you often find yourself feeling the effects of restlessness – even when you believe you had a full night’s rest – you could be suffering from sleep apnea. While sleep apnea is often linked to snoring, the problem is potentially more serious, and can have a negative impact on your well-being. Your Rapid City, SD dentist’s office is ready to help you take care of the problem. Rather than having you use a CPAP machine, we can offer you a custom oral appliance that allows you to sleep properly.
Sleep Apnea Is More Than Just A Snoring Problem
People with obstructive sleep apnea tend to snore heavily while they sleep, as their soft tissues block their airways. This obstruction can do more than just make you a loud sleeper – your sleep cycle can be disrupted as you awaken to properly breathe. As this continues throughout the evening, you can fail to enjoy the benefits of effective rest. Because you lose out on the benefits of sleep, your health can be adversely impacted. You can have a harder time dealing with existing health issues like diabetes, and you may have a higher risk for heart disease!
Using An Appliance Provided By Your Dentist To Address Sleep Apnea
Instead of relying on a CPAP machine to help you breathe properly, you can have your dentist craft you a custom oral appliance that you wear while you sleep. This insert prevents soft tissues from interfering with your breathing passages, so you can once again enjoy uninterrupted sleep! For people who have obstructive sleep apnea, this can be a more comfortable alternative than trying to wear a CPAP mask.
Stay On Top Of Your Oral Health Needs By Seeing Your Dentist For Routine Exams
At every regular dental exam, you and your dentist can talk about any issues that might be standing between you and your best health. If you are not attending regular checkups, you may not think to ask your dentist about treatment for snoring. Of course, without these exams, you also miss out on important protections against tooth decay and gum disease, so this can be just one of many concerns you have to deal with!
Talk To Hillsview Dental About Your Sleep Apnea Concerns
Hillsview Dental is ready to help individuals who struggle with sleep apnea. If you think you might be missing out on proper rest due to this condition, you can receive a special appliance that allows you to rest throughout the night! To schedule a consultation with Dr. Brian G. Criss, call Hillsview Dental today at 605-342-6652.